Ralph Turner, interim president, named president to spearhead full integration into Wellstar Health System

Ralph Turner, Interim President at Wellstar MCG Health
Written by Lisa Kaylor

Ralph Turner has been appointed senior vice president and hospital president at Wellstar MCG Health Medical Center. Prior to his time serving in the role on an interim basis, he served as SVP and president for Wellstar Paulding Medical Center since 2022.

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Ralph Turner will serve as senior vice president and president for Wellstar MCG Health.

“Ralph has enthusiastically welcomed MCG Health team members into the Wellstar family. He’s doing an extraordinary job leading the integration of our people, processes and technologies into a culture that honors every voice and celebrates academic and clinical excellence,” said Mary Chatman, PhD, RN, Wellstar’s executive vice president of acute care operations.

Turner has held leadership roles at large, complex healthcare organizations, including MedStar Washington Hospital Center, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Cleveland Clinic. Turner received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and master’s degrees in healthcare administration and public administration from the University of Maryland and Troy University at Dothan, respectively. He served for more than 21 years in the U.S. Army before launching his healthcare career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as director of the Clinical Engineering Division.

Wellstar MCG Health includes the 478-bed adult hospital, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the Georgia Cancer Center and more than 80 outpatient clinics across Georgia and South Carolina. The organization partners with Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia and offers an industry-leading cancer care and telestroke network, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and the only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for critically ill infants with an air transportation team.

Serving as the regional coordinating hospital for Georgia’s East Central District, Wellstar MCG Health responds to statewide natural disasters and events impacting the health of Georgians everywhere.