New CEO appointed for Emory Decatur, Hillandale, Acute Long Term Care Hospitals – Decaturish

Atlanta, Georgia— Following an extensive nationwide search, Rashard Johnson was appointed as the CEO of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital, and Emory Long-Term Acute Care Hospital. He will begin his new role on August 22.

Johnson comes to Emory Healthcare from attorney Aurora Health in Chicago. He is the president of Advocate Trinity and South Suburban hospitals, according to a news release. In this role, Johnson oversees the management and operations of Advocate Trinity Hospital and provides executive direction to Advocate South Suburban Hospital and support services, physicians, team members and building facilities.

“Rashard’s extensive experience leading hospitals within integrated health care organizations and mobilizing care teams and the community will be a tremendous asset to Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hospital Hillandale and Emory Long-Term Acute Care,” said Dr. Bryce Gartland, Emory Healthcare Hospital Group. President. “We look forward to working with him to further Emory Healthcare’s mission and commitment to improving lives and bringing hope to the patients and communities we serve.”

At Emory, Johnson will oversee Emory Decatur Hospital located in Greater Decatur as well as Emory Hillandale Hospital located in Lithonia, which are hospitals known for their services in the areas of Maternity/Women’s Health, Heart and Vessels , cancer, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, gastroenterology. and more. Additionally, he will oversee Emory Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, located in downtown Decatur, a specialty care hospital designed to care for patients with serious medical conditions requiring intensive, specialized treatment for an extended period of time.

“Emory Healthcare is a world-renowned comprehensive academic healthcare system with a history of delivering unparalleled patient care and improving the future of healthcare,” Johnson said. “I am touched and honored to join the leadership teams of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long-Term Acute Care Hospital as we improve the health of the communities we are fortunate to to serve.

Johnson was previously vice president of operations and chief operating officer for the North Houston market at St. Luke’s Health in Houston. Johnson has also held leadership positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the Jackson Health System in Miami, and the Miami Veteran Affairs Healthcare System.

Nationally, Johnson is a recognized leader who is actively involved in numerous organizations, including the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the YMCA and March of Dimes.

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