SunLink Health Systems, Atlanta, announced the retirement of its chief operating officer and named the founder of two investor-owned hospital companies as the new COO.
Alvis retires from COO post at SunLink
Harry Alvis, 65, has stepped down as COO effective immediately and will retire from SunLink on Dec. 31, according to a news release. Alvis joined SunLink as senior vice president of operations in February 2001 and was named COO in September 2002, according to a securities filing. Alvis also worked for investor-owned companies HCA, HealthTrust and Quorum Health Group, according to the filing.
A. Ronald Turner, 65, was named COO, according to the release. Turner was one of the founders of Atlanta-based Southern Health Services in 1978. When SHS was acquired by Nashville-based Health Group in 1982, Turner became president and COO of Health Group, which sold its assets and liquidated itself in 1986. In 1999, Turner founded Associated Healthcare Systems, which was originally based in Alpharetta, Ga., but later moved its headquarters to Brentwood, Tenn.
SunLink owns six hospitals and leases one hospital. The company also owns a specialty pharmaceutical business.
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