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Former Palmyra CEO dies in crash

An Ocala, Fla., firefighter works at the scene of a fatal airplane crash-landing near the Ocala International Airport on Friday. P. Allen Golson, the new CEO of Ocala Health System and former Palmyra Medical Center CEO, was killed in the incident. His wife was injured.

An Ocala, Fla., firefighter works at the scene of a fatal airplane crash-landing near the Ocala International Airport on Friday. P. Allen Golson, the new CEO of Ocala Health System and former Palmyra Medical Center CEO, was killed in the incident. His wife was injured.

OCALA, Fla. — A twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed in a field near Ocala, Fla., Friday, killing pilot P. Allen Golson, 55, the former CEO at what was then Palmyra Medical Center here, the website Ocala.com reported.

Golson’s wife Carol lived through the crash, which occurred around 12:30 p.m., and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Ocala.com added.

No reasons for the crash just south of Ocala International Airport were immediately available.

Eric Riggle, the spokesman for Palmyra, now Phoebe North, spoke highly of Golson’s almost 10 years in Albany.

“We had a very good working relationship and personal relationship as well,” Riggle said. “It lasted through the years. I’m trying to deal with this.”

According to an Ocala Health System press release, Golson left Albany in 2005.

A Macon native, where he recently worked as CEO at Coliseum Health System for seven years, Golson was recently named CEO at Ocala Health System.

“This is tragic news for our HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) family, and it will take time and the support of each other to deal with this loss,” Michael Joyce, president of HCA’s North Florida Division which includes Coliseum Health System, stated. “Allen was a true friend and a great leader who enjoyed life and dedicated himself to his work. He will be deeply missed.”

Golson had more than 30 years of experience in public and private hospital administration.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management in 1981 from the University of Alabama and earned a master’s in business administration at the Southeastern Institute of Technology in Huntsville, Ala.

He was a Fellow in the American College of Health Care, on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association and had been a Rotarian for more than 20 years.