ATLANTA – David Castleberry, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, recently was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). Castleberry has served as CEO of the medical center since 2008. Since he assumed leadership at Upson he has overseen growth and expansion in facilities, physician recruitment, and quality and service performance at the hospital.
Prior to joining Upson , Castleberry served as CEO of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed facility in Hartsville, S.C. He has also served in health care management at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., and East Georgia Medical Center in Statesboro. He has also served in physician practice management in Jackson, Miss. and Dahlonega.
Castleberry, who is the current chairman of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, is active in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees and forging local partnerships. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Georgia and past chairman of the GHA Center for Rural Health Board of Trustees. He holds a bachelor of business degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a master of business administration degree from Brenau University in Gainesville.
“David Castleberry is an extremely influential leader at Upson Regional and the community has greatly benefited from his leadership and involvement,” said GHA President Earl Rogers. “He brings a wealth of knowledge about rural health care and we look forward to his service on our Board.”
Established in 1951, Upson Regional Medical Center serves a seven-county area and cares for more than 76,000 patients each year. The hospital is one of the largest employers in the region with more than 580 nurses, technicians, physicians, staff and other allied health professionals and has an annual payroll of $31.2 million. As a not-for-profit hospital, Upson gave back more than $17.4 million in charity care, bad debt, community benefit, other uncompensated care and taxes in 2014.
Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.