Maggie Gill : A CEO With Optimism Despite A Challenging Health Care Environment

Maggie Gill started her career with Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in 2004 as the VP of managed care and finance. In 2005, she became MUMC’s COO, and then in 2011, she was named CEO and president by the board of directors, once they realized that the ideal candidate for the position, one who had experience in both finance and operations, was already employed by the health care facility.

 

When South Magazine questioned Gill about the challenges of treating uninsured Georgians, she replied “For Memorial, that means a focus on health, wellness and prevention.” Keeping residents of the community healthier is the only way Gill can meet her goal of keeping MUMC financially stable without sacrificing patient care, therefore, she is committed to supporting both hospital-based and community-based programs that focus on disease prevention. Believing that it is never to early too become health conscious, Gill mentions the Gulfstream Children’s Wellness Program and Center, which teaches children about making healthy choices in their life.

 

In 2016, MUMC was considering partnering with Novant Health; however, the deal fell through after the Chatham County Hospital Authority entered into the discussions. Gill expressed her disappointment, since Novant had already agreed to support the hospital’s trauma services and provide much-needed financial stability as well. Gill has said she and the hospital will regroup and seek a non-profit group to partner with, although she did not rule out a renewal of negotiations with Novant. In addition, Gill expressed concern regarding the hospital’s expensive-to-provide services, including trauma care, if another partner cannot be found, but she remains optimistic and ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead of her.