David Castleberry, CEO of Upson Regional Medical Center, was recently installed as the Chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Center for Rural Health Board of Trustees.

As Chairman, Castleberry will serve the board for a one-year term and help represent the interests of 74 small and rural hospitals in Georgia.

Upson Board Chairman Norman Morris said that when a state board like GHA’s Center for Rural Health looks to Upson for leadership, it speaks volumes. “It’s a win-win. This is a win for GHA’s Center for Rural Health in that its board will gain a strong leader, and it’s a win for our hospital, because we now have a front-row seat at the policymaking table for rural hospitals.”

Castleberry has served as CEO of Upson Regional Medical Center since October 2008. Since he joined the medical center, it has been nationally recognized for high levels of quality care and patient satisfaction, and it is consistently recognized for high standards by its accrediting agency, DNV.

Castleberry has worked to improve access throughout the region with the addition of new physicians and numerous renovations, including the campus expansion of Medical Office Buildings in Thomaston and Barnesville.

Prior to his administrator position, Castleberry served in health care management at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, and East Georgia Medical Center in Statesboro. He most recently served as CEO of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC.

“We are delighted to have David Castleberry lead the Center for Rural Health Board,” said GHA President Joe Parker. “He brings a distinctive viewpoint to the team and his leadership will benefit us greatly.”

Castleberry holds a business degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University in Gainesville. He is an active volunteer with many local organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Kiwanis and Sertoma.