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Hospital names new administrator

After serving as the CEO of both urban and rural community hospitals, Mark Nichols feels his management style is “well suited” for the staff of Pulaski Community Hospital.
Nichols, administrator at Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon, Ga. for almost four years, will take over as administrator at Pulaski Community Jan. 4. He has been with the hospital’s parent company, HCA, 19 years.
Asked what brings him to Pulaski, Nichols said he has “typically lived in smaller communities. I like small towns and small hospitals and what they mean to a community.”
Nichols said the fact his children are all college age now made him and his wife “more portable.”
“I had the opportunity to join the Southwest Virginia market and that was appealing because of the growth potential,” he said. “It was a good opportunity as well.”
He said he has “a number of years experience doing what I’ll be doing” in Pulaski. Having headed both urban and rural hospitals, he said he knows “the unique role a hospital plays in the community when it’s the only one in town. I know the importance of a CEO in that situation and the importance for continued growth.”
Of the employees he has met at Pulaski Community, Nichols said they are “long-tenured folks who are very much committed to the success of the hospital.”
Nichols said he and the hospital’s employees “want to make sure (the hospital) continues to provide great service to Pulaski County.”
From Georgia, he added, “I look forward to being up there. It’s a beautiful area. I hope the transition happens smoothly.”
Although he is a native of Iowa and has lived in Illinois as well, after 19 years in the south, Nichols said he will have to get adjusted to snow again. “My blood might be thinned out a bit,” he added.
Nichols’ first administration job was at Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Ga. from 1996-2002. He was at Middle Georgia Hospital in Macon from 2002-2006, when he took over the top position at Coliseum Northside.
He has a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Armstrong Atlantic State College in Savannah, Ga.

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Hospital names new administrator

After serving as the CEO of both urban and rural community hospitals, Mark Nichols feels his management style is “well suited” for the staff of Pulaski Community Hospital.
Nichols, administrator at Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon, Ga. for almost four years, will take over as administrator at Pulaski Community Jan. 4. He has been with the hospital’s parent company, HCA, 19 years.
Asked what brings him to Pulaski, Nichols said he has “typically lived in smaller communities. I like small towns and small hospitals and what they mean to a community.”
Nichols said the fact his children are all college age now made him and his wife “more portable.”
“I had the opportunity to join the Southwest Virginia market and that was appealing because of the growth potential,” he said. “It was a good opportunity as well.”
He said he has “a number of years experience doing what I’ll be doing” in Pulaski. Having headed both urban and rural hospitals, he said he knows “the unique role a hospital plays in the community when it’s the only one in town. I know the importance of a CEO in that situation and the importance for continued growth.”
Of the employees he has met at Pulaski Community, Nichols said they are “long-tenured folks who are very much committed to the success of the hospital.”
Nichols said he and the hospital’s employees “want to make sure (the hospital) continues to provide great service to Pulaski County.”
From Georgia, he added, “I look forward to being up there. It’s a beautiful area. I hope the transition happens smoothly.”
Although he is a native of Iowa and has lived in Illinois as well, after 19 years in the south, Nichols said he will have to get adjusted to snow again. “My blood might be thinned out a bit,” he added.
Nichols’ first administration job was at Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Ga. from 1996-2002. He was at Middle Georgia Hospital in Macon from 2002-2006, when he took over the top position at Coliseum Northside.
He has a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Armstrong Atlantic State College in Savannah, Ga.

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