Bob E. Wilson, an attorney and DeKalb Medical board vice chairman, has been tapped as new CEO effective immediately. Wilson has also chaired the hospital group's foundation board for 14 years, raising millions, according to a news release.
DeKalb Medical, which has about 4,000 employees, runs three hospitals in the Decatur and Lithonia areas.
The group faces similar problems as other health care providers, Iverson said. Among them, the fact that Georgia has declined to expand Medicaid, the number of uninsured people in the area and an ongoing nursing shortage.
With the eliminated jobs, she said the hospital system has managed to avoid losing bedside nurses.
“We did it very carefully," the spokeswoman said. "Of course we will miss those people. We’ve put additional responsibilities on other people.”
As another cost-saving option, the hospital is also exploring the possibility of a merger. But that would be years away and no potential partners have been identified, Iverson said.