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Nick Townsend, Union General Health System CFO, Graduates from Leadership GHA

Union General Health System CFO, Nick Townsend, graduated from the Leadership GHA Class of 2019-20, a prestigious health care leadership program of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), on Friday, January 10th, 2020. Townsend was one of only 19 hospital employees from around the state accepted into the most recent class.

“Completing the rigorous Leadership GHA program allows graduates to develop essential skills to help them advance in their health care careers and, ultimately, take patient care to the next level,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We congratulate each of these future leaders.”

Nick Townsend has worked four years with Union General Health System, one year with Community Health Systems as Assistant CFO, and three years with Murray Medical Center as CFO for a total of eight years in Healthcare Administration. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration.

Responding to the need to develop new leaders to take the reins of tomorrow’s hospitals and health care systems in Georgia, the GHA Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the creation of Leadership GHA in 2003. The six-month program, which begins each summer, uses a variety of techniques to educate participants on the unique and diverse issues that characterize Georgia’s health care system. The program includes workshops, conferences, panel discussions and field trips to different types of hospitals and health systems throughout the state.

Graduates of Leadership GHA are encouraged to use their newly acquired skills to transform and improve Georgia’s health care system and their individual communities. To qualify for participation in the Leadership GHA program, individuals from Georgia hospitals and health systems must be nominated by GHA-member hospital CEOs. An impartial selection committee reviews the nomination applications and selects a limited number of participants for the program.

About Union General Health System:
Union General Health System is a large multi-faceted healthcare organization located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains and surrounding communities. Union General Health System owns and operates 21 affiliated facilities. These facilities include – Union General Hospital, Chatuge Regional Hospital, Union County Nursing Home, Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, Union County Dialysis Center, Union General Wellness Center, several walk-in clinics, specialty clinics and many more. For additional information about a location or service offering, please visit

About GHA:
Founded in 1929, GHA serves more than 170 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia’s citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit