Bruce Barragan Hired as Executive-in-Residence

(September 18, 2014) — Armstrong State University recently hired healthcare industry veteran Bruce Barragan, LFACHE, as Executive­in­Residence for the university's Masters of Health Services Administration Program. In his new position, Barragan will assist faculty with internship and fellowship site development, student placement, preceptor training and mentoring, teaching and professional development opportunities for students.

Barragan has more than 40 years of experience as a healthcare executive in Georgia and South
Carolina. A Savannah native, Barragan earned a Master of Hospital Administration from Duke
University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

He is the former president and CEO of McLeod Health in Florence, S.C., where during a 23-year period, he led the development of McLeod from a 300­bed community hospital to the fourth largest academic regional hospital system in South Carolina, comprised of five medical centers with 800 beds, 6,000 employees and 650 physicians serving 15 counties. He previously served as the vice president of professional services at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and started his career at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

Before returning to Savannah, he most recently served for 10 years as president of GMK Associates in Columbia, S.C., one of the largest healthcare strategic planning, architectural/engineering and construction firms in the Carolinas.

Over the years, Barragan has been awarded a number of top industry honors, including the South
Carolina Hospital Association's Merit Award, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the Florence Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year Award and the Florence Rotary Club's Service Above Self Award.

An active community volunteer, Barragan is vice chair of the board of directors for Hospice Savannah. He previously served as the chairman of the South Carolina Hospital Association, as president of the Florence Area Boy Scout Council and as a member of Coker College's Board of Trustees.

Armstrong's Masters of Health Services Administration Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education and is one of only two masters degree programs in Georgia with this accreditation.