CEO of Coliseum Health System, Allen Golson, was killed this afternoon in a plane crash in Florida. 41NBC spoke with one of Allen Golson's close associates, who says the loss is devastating for the hospitals.
Just last night, Golson attended a service award banquet for Coliseum Health System, and Mike Sherrod, CEO of Coliseum Northside Medical Center, recalls something Golson said the night before his unexpected death.
"Allen leaned over to us last night and said, 'You know, this is what its all about'--and that's the people," Sherrod remembered.
Golson and his wife Carol, took off from the Middle Georgia Regional Airport this morning and crashed in Marion County, FL around 12:30.
Officials say there was no distress call sent from the plane , which crashed less than a mile from the runway where the pilot was supposed to land. Golson's wife survived the crash and was taken to a hospital there, along with a bystander who tried to help.
In a statement to 41NBC News, Michael Joyce, the president of the North Florida Division of the Hospital Corporation of America, says:
"This is tragic news for our HCA family, and it will take time and the support of each other to deal with this loss...Allen was a true friend and a great leader who enjoyed life and dedicated himself to his work. He will be deeply missed."
Sherrod recalls Golson's passion for people, that drove him throughout his life and career.
"He was someone that was always involved, always pushed us to make a difference in putting patients first," Sherrod recalls. "I think that't one of the things we're going to miss about Allen, about how much he was committed to the health system, and his passion for people."
According to a release, Golson had just last month announced he was stepping down here in Middle Georgia to take a position as CEO of the Ocala Health System.