Waycross, GA - Memorial Satilla Health is pleased to announce Dale Neely as its new Chief Executive Officer. He started March 6.

“Over the past several months, we've conducted a nationwide search to find our next Memorial Satilla Health CEO. I'm excited to announce we welcome Dale Neely back to HCA Healthcare to lead our Memorial Satilla team,” said Hugh Tappan, President of HCA Healthcare's South Atlantic Division. “With nearly 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, Dale brings great experience growing strong service lines in parallel with operational excellence.”

A University of Tennessee grad, Dale started his healthcare career as a physical therapist with HealthSouth and then at Vanderbilt. Dale joined HCA as associate administrator at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga. Over the next nine years, he progressed to serve as Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ga, and then at HCA Florida Capital Hospital in Tallahassee. Most recently, Dale served as CEO for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Tallahassee.

Dale served on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association's Big Bend Heart Walk in Tallahassee, is a past member of the Sunrise and Muscogee Rotary Clubs, and a former board member for the American Cancer Society Columbus Chapter and Columbus Hospice.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Memorial Satilla Health team as their CEO,” said Neely. “Memorial Satilla Health is an outstanding healthcare system. I'm impressed with the individualized, compassionate care this team gives our patients every day and I look forward to working alongside them in providing quality care for our community.”

Originally from Nashville, TN Neely earned his bachelor's degree in physical therapy at University of Tennessee in Memphis, and his master's degree in business administration at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.