Sept. 17, 2012

Tyler & Company congratulates Ninfa M. Saunders, PhD, MBA, MSN, FACHE, as incoming President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG).

Tyler & Company, an executive healthcare search firm, worked with a representative search committee comprised of community board members and physicians to identify, recruit, present and vet qualified candidates for this opportunity.

The boards of directors for CGHS and MCCG approved the search committee's selection, Dr. Saunders, on Sept. 12. Dr. Saunders will start her new role on Oct. 1. She succeeds outgoing CEO Don Faulk, who is retiring after 39 years of service.

Dr. Bill Tift, chairman of the Medical Executive Committee and co-chair of the Search Committee, said, "We offer our many thanks and congratulations to Don Faulk on his long and successful service to our hospital system. The search for his successor has been both extensive and intensive, and has involved an excellent cross section of physicians, board and staff. Ninfa Saunders has emerged as the clear choice to build on the strong foundation created by Mr. Faulk, his leadership team, and the physicians and staff of MCCG. She is very well-educated, has vast clinical and administrative experience, and has the enthusiasm and energy to lead us through the exciting changes taking place in healthcare. With the dedicated support of the medical staff, Dr. Saunders can and will lead the Central Georgia Health System in our quest for high-quality, safe, consistent, patient-centered service to our community.”

Dr. Saunders served as the President and COO of Virtua, the largest health system in southern New Jersey. She offers nearly four decades of experience in hospital administration and clinical service.

Often recognized for her dedication to advanced medical care and clinical quality, Dr. Saunders was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Citizenship and Good Neighbor Award by the American Red Cross and named by South Jersey Magazine as a “Woman to Watch in New Jersey” in 2012.   

“I am honored to accept the position of President and CEO of this remarkable organization,” said Saunders. “I am also humbled by the opportunity to follow the exceptional leadership of Don Faulk. He has positioned this organization to be one of Georgia’s best. I look forward to working alongside a passionate, committed group of board members, physicians, employees and healthcare executives to serve the needs of this community.”

For more details, please read the complete news release by CGHS. Or for more information, please contact J. Larry Tyler, Chairman and CEO of Tyler & Company, at +1 770 396 3939 or