Northeast Georgia Health System names interim COO; hospital president resigns

Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System appointed an interim COO and announced the departure of a hospital president, The Gainesville Times reported.

Michael Covert was named interim COO. He was previously CEO of Houston-based CHI St. Luke's Health and president and CEO of San Diego-based Palomar Health.

Louis Smith, president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and president of acute and post-acute services for the health system, resigned Sept. 27. He joined the health system in 2015, and during his tenure helped establish Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin in Dahlonega, Ga., and furthered partnership talks with Habersham Medical Center in Demorest, Ga.

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