Bradley (Brad) S. Talbert, FACHE has joined Memorial Health as its new chief executive officer. He started in early March, taking over for Shayne George, who will retire on March 31.

Talbert joined HCA Healthcare in 2017 as CEO of the 454-bed HCA Florida Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Under his leadership, the hospital achieved its highest physician engagement in more than a decade, earned five consecutive Leapfrog A quality ratings, was named a Healthgrades Top 250 Hospital and became the first hospital in Northeast Florida to achieve Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification by The Joint Commission. 

The hospital also earned Level II Trauma accreditation, launched ECMO services, and completed more than $100 million in capital expansions and investments. 

Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Talbert was CEO of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, which operates Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital in Beaufort County.

Talbert was named to the Florida 500 List of Most Influential Executives by Florida Trend magazine for the second consecutive year.

Originally from the Carolinas, Talbert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in finance at Wofford College in Spartanburg, and his Master’s Degree in health administration at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Memorial Health has provided healthcare services since 1955, giving patients access to highly trained physicians and advanced technology. Its 655-bed hospital is one of the region’s leading acute care facilities, serving 35 counties in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Located in Savannah, Georgia, it is a regional referral center for high-risk care.