Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has new interim CEO

John Harding to assume role of interim CEO of Americus hospital on Monday

John Harding has been named the new interim CEO for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus. (Submitted photo)

John Harding has been named the new interim CEO for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus. (Submitted photo)


Phoebe Sumter Medicare Care in Americus has a new interim CEO. The medical facility is part of Phoebe Health Systems. (File Photo)

AMERICUS — Effective Monday, John Harding will be the interim CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

“We are very pleased to have John come aboard and serve as the interim CEO at Phoebe Sumter as we continue to search for a permanent person for that role,” said Joe Austin, chief operating officer of Phoebe Putney Health System. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and has tremendous success in leadership in the healthcare industry, and he will be a welcomed asset not only to Phoebe Sumter but to the community as a whole.”

Doug Patten, formerly the chief medical officer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was previously in the role of interim CEO. He is slated to assume a position with the Georgia Hospital Association this week.

Harding has more than 30 years of health care experience and comes to Southwest Georgia from the Adventist Health System in Orlando, Fla., where he acquired increasingly responsible roles by leading turnaround, business improvement and physician recruitment initiatives for diverse hospitals and health care systems, a biography available from Phoebe officials said.

In 2010, he was promoted to the position of president and CEO of the Florida Hospital in Tampa, the market’s flagship facility and the second largest hospital in the Adventist system. During his tenure, Harding led a directive to expand market share, elevate the brand and implement internal process improvement and patient care initiatives. Before that, he served as president and CEO of the Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough Community Health System from 2009-2012 and the president & CEO of Florida Hospital-Zephyrhills from 2007-2010.

During his tenure as president and CEO of the Florida Heartland Division from 1998-2007, he helped lead the turnaround for a three-hospital system following a relocation to a new site. This included growing market share, developing strong clinical service lines and elevating the overall financial and operating performance of this system, his biography said.

Harding’s other previous titles includes a multifaceted leadership role with the Florida Health Systems from 1994-1998, where he strategized with CEOs of seven hospitals in a five-county region to acquire physician practices, developed and strengthened physician relations and leveraged technology to optimize physician operations — as well as CEO of Savannas Hospital-The Mediplex Group, Inc. in Wellesley, Mass., from 1990-1994 and administrator of Charter Hospital of Mobile-Charter Medical Corporation in Macon from 1988-1990.

Originally from Greenville, Tenn., Harding spent time in Valdosta and Macon during his childhood years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. and a Master of Business Administration from Avilla University in Kansas City, Mo. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Julie and Stefanie, and two grandchildren, Peyten, 4, and Brady, 6 months.