Ronald Dean Finalist as SGMC CEO

Staff Report From Valdosta CEO

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, GA met August 13, 2019, in a called meeting to announce that Ronald E. Dean, MBA, FACHE, is the finalist candidate for the South Georgia Health System’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dean is from Troy, Alabama where he serves as CEO. As CEO of Troy Regional Hospital, Dean is credited with a successful turn-around strategy which improved the hospital’s overall performance.  

Having spent his entire career in the healthcare field, Dean is a senior hospital executive with a diverse background in hospital management. Prior to his position at Troy, Dean was employed by Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan for 33 years, most recently serving as vice president of operations.

Dean’s wide range of responsibilities over his 36-year career include hospital operations, clinical service line development, external business development, physician practice acquisitions, long-range planning, regional network development, regulatory affairs and joint ventures.

Dean has served in several capacities for the Alabama Hospital Association to include Chairman of the Southeast Hospital Council, Chairman of the State Legislative Committee, State of Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency Healthcare Information and Data Advisory Council and State of Alabama Health Coordinating Council Psychiatric Bed Commission.  He has also actively participated in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations.

Hospital Authority Chairman Sam Allen said that the Authority has worked diligently to recruit a great candidate.  “Ronnie has a diverse background and proven track record,” Allen said. “The Authority feels he will take SGMC to the next level.”

Dean is a native of the Dothan, Ala area, and a graduate of Wallace Community College Dothan.  He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Troy University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  
Dean and his wife, Sue are parents to two adult daughters.