Maggie Gill’s Climb to the Top: The CEO and President of Memorial Health Care

Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health based in Savannah, Georgia, has had quite an illustrious career over the years. After earning her BS degree from Florida State University and Masters from Saint Leo University in Florida, Gill served in many roles in the healthcare industry before being named the president and CEO of Memorial health. Having also completed coursework in strategic thinking and management from the prestigious Wharton School of Business, Gill became a chief financial officer at Tenet South Florida Health system.

Gill began her journey with Memorial Health by serving as the vice president of finance/managed the care of the Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in 2004. She was then promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005. While serving as CEO, Maggie Gill led many initiatives that expanded clinical services, physician-led Centers of Excellence, and new facilities. After a remarkable year, she became the interim chief financial officer in 2006 where she set and goal and successfully yielded nearly $30 million in annualized cost savings for the hospital. After consistently delivering great results, in 2011, Gill was finally named President and CEO of Memorial Health.

Gill was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to know.” Memorial Health also earned awards from the Georgia Medical Society as part of its 16th Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards. Memorial Health’s team won seven awards, nominated for six different categories including health care education, health care innovation, institution, community outreach, physician achievement, and allied health professionals.

Although Gill has achieved a tremendous amount of success at Memorial Health, she has no plans to stop anytime soon. She is currently working on a collaboration between Eon Health and MUMC, which together have launched a new Medicare Advantage Plan aiming to serve clients across various counties across Georgia and South Carolina. The partnership is set to begin on January 1, 2017, during open enrollment period, and planning and work for the initiative is already underway. What is critical about this new advantage plan is the amount of savings involved; they will be offering plans that consist of zero-dollar premiums as well as pharmacy benefits. Moreover, they also come with lowered co-pays, which is great news in light of the news of rising premiums over the past year. Other advantages attached to these plans include dental benefits, hospital benefits, hearing benefits, transportation benefits, and member rewards program. By offering benefits across several fields of the healthcare industry, Maggie Gill’s next steps involve increasing healthcare access and focusing on preventative care. With this collaboration between Memorial Health and Eon Health, she is hopeful that many patients benefit from these changes and can lead healthy lifestyles for years to come.