DCH Promotes Next CEO From Within

In partnership with Mercy Health Network (MHN), the Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Johnston as the new CEO of Decatur County Hospital.  The board and MHN underwent a comprehensive interview and selection process over the past months and are excited to announce Mike’s promotion into the CEO role.  Mike came to DCH after holding various positions in his last role with Union General Hospital in Georgia and relocated to Leon in 2016 to serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Of this new opportunity, Mike said, “It has been my honor to serve Decatur County Hospital and our community for the past two years and in this new role, I am privileged to be able to continue and build upon that service.  In collaboration with our staff, providers, Board of Trustees, local health care partners, and the Mercy Health Network, it will be our task to deliver on the promise of Decatur County Hospital’s mission statement and truly provide “Exceptional Care, Close to Home”.

Board Chair, Linda Chastain stated, “Our board is excited about Mike’s acceptance of our CEO position.  He has admirably carried out his role as Chief Operating Officer for DCH over the past two years and has willingly and effectively stepped up to the leadership plate during interim periods.  He has a strong working relationship with our staff and has become involved in our county community.”

Mike Trachta, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Operations for MHN had this to say, “It is always advantageous when we can fill a position with talent from within the organization.  Mike has established strong roots and a thoughtful presence at DCH and I look forward to working with him,  watching him grow and continue to make significant contributions in his new role.”

Mike will begin the transition to the permanent role over the next few weeks.