(Jan. 17, 2020) Michael Franklin, president and chief executive officer of Atlantic General Hospital, has completed Leadership Maryland, a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. 

Leadership Maryland honored Franklin, a resident of Berlin, and the entire Class of 2019 at its 27th annual graduation ceremony held Dec. 10 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.  

Franklin, who has over 35 years of healthcare management experience, joined Atlantic General Hospital and Health System as its CEO in 2005. 

During his tenure, Atlantic General Health System’s network of primary care and specialty physician practices has more than doubled in size and the hospital has expanded to incorporate much-needed services such as cancer care, urology, pain management and comprehensive diabetes care to keep pace with the growing needs of the community. 

Franklin was one of 50 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month, hands-on learning program, focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia.

“The healthcare industry has experienced a dramatic evolution over the past decade, and it continues to transform as hospitals learn to grapple with factors affecting patient health that fall outside their traditional roles,” Franklin said. “Being a part of Leadership Maryland has provided additional insights into how I can help Atlantic General shape our future to be the best healthcare partner for our residents and visitors.” 

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993.  

Built through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin combines the warmth of personalized attention with the reassurance of medical expertise and advanced technology. 

The not-for-profit hospital provides quality specialty care in oncology, medical and surgical weight loss, orthopedics, and women’s diagnostics among other services. 

Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, cares for residents and visitors throughout the region.  

For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

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