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Julie Long, Chief Clinical Officer

Julie Long is the new Chief Clinical Officer at Upson Regional Medical Center, where she will lead all nursing areas.

CEO Tripp Penn said, “We are all very excited about the addition of Julie Long. Julie has the education, experience and skill sets to be an outstanding senior leader for us. She has served in nursing leadership roles with both large and smaller organizations and she has extensive experience with operations, quality and performance improvement.”

Long has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare leading and managing clinical areas. She has led successful Trauma Program designations as well as Stroke Center designations.

Previously, she served as a Clinical Director for Joseph’s/Candler Health System and Memorial Health University Medical Center both located in Savannah, Georgia.

Most recently, Long has served in rural areas as the Chief Nursing Officer at Appling Healthcare System in Baxley, Georgia and Effingham Health System in Springfield, Georgia.

Long said, “Given my experience in urban and rural hospitals, I can assure you great quality care happens in rural hospitals, and that’s one of the reasons I love serving in a hospital like Upson. Here, patients are so much more than a number.”

Long earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 1996, and achieved a Masters in Healthcare Business Administration from South University in June 2012. 

“We welcome Julie, her husband Ed, and her son Ronan to the community,” said Penn. “We look forward to working with her to do great things with clinical quality and the patient experience,” he added.

Long was selected for the position after a thorough interview process including nursing leaders, administrators, physicians and board members.

“I am excited to join the team at Upson. My mission is to continue to put the patient first in everything we do,” Long said.