New CEO Takes Reigns at Savannah's Memorial Health

(June 5, 2009) - This week, Phillip S. Schaengold, J.D., MBA, FACHE, began work as the new president and CEO of Memorial Health. Schaengold is a veteran healthcare executive with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience, primarily at academic medical centers and safety-net hospitals similar to Memorial University Medical Center. "I've already met many of the Team Members at Memorial Health. I can tell that these are hard-working people who are committed to providing the very best and safest medical care every day. I'm honored to be part of this organization and this community," said Schaengold. Schaengold and his wife, Melanie, moved to Savannah from Syracuse, N.Y., where he was CEO of University Hospital, an academic medical center affiliated with the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Memorial Health has been under the leadership of an interim CEO since spring 2008, when the Board of Directors voted to hire a new leader. Schaengold was chosen following an extensive nationwide search. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Schaengold is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.