Loy Howard passed gavel to Joe Ierardi as Chairman of Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

October 21, 2021

Loy Howard, CEO of Tanner Health System and outgoing Chairman of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals passed the gavel to incoming Chairman Joe Ierardi, CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital at the 38th GACH Annual Conference last week.


“The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals has been blessed with the steady leadership of Loy Howard during the past year of the pandemic, and I have full confidence that Joe Ierardi will continue to lead us forward as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic and work to strengthen Georgia’s network of not-for-profit community hospitals,” said Monty Veazey, President and CEO of the Alliance.


“The pandemic and the role our hospitals played in serving our patients and communities highlights the importance of protecting Georgia’s network of non-profit hospitals. I am proud to have served as Chairman while our member hospitals and their staffs went to heroic lengths to put Georgia Patients First and deliver the high-quality health care Georgians deserve,” said Mr. Howard.


“We will continue the fight against COVID-19 and to ensure that Georgia’s hospitals are equipped to go the extra mile in providing care to all our patients. I’m thankful to Loy Howard and the Alliance Board of Directors and staff for their efforts that have gotten us this far. More than anything, I hope we all share a greater understanding of the important work that all of our staff do every day, to keep our patients healthy. I am honored to lead the Alliance as we advocate for better healthcare for all our patients,” said Mr. Ierardi.


Loy Howard serves as CEO of Tanner Health System, which includes Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, the Willowbrooke at Tanner behavioral health facility in Villa Rica, management and daily operations of Wedowee Hospital in Wedowee, Alabama and operations of Tanner Medical Group with 35 locations.


Joe Ierardi serves as CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup, Georgia, where he has served since 2007 and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.


The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, based in Tifton, Georgia represents not-for-profit hospitals ranging in size from the largest multi-campus, statewide hospital systems, to the smallest independent rural hospitals, and seeks to ensure the availability of high quality patient care for all Georgians, regardless of their ability to pay.