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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s James E. Tally, Ph.D., Honored as CEO of the Year


Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to Atlanta community

For the past decade, Business to Business magazine, one of Atlanta’s leading business publications, has recognized three outstanding individuals from the vast array of Atlanta-based organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the community. Among the 2008 winners is James E. Tally, Ph.D., President and CEO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who was honored as CEO of the Year. Business to Business describes Tally as, “an executive who has made Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta a model of compassion, excellence and unparalleled care.”

The award highlights many of Tally’s contributions and successes, including the 1998 merger of Egleston Children’s Healthcare System and Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center and the subsequent rise of Children’s as a national leader in pediatric health care. With Tally at its helm, Children’s was ranked by Child magazine as one of the top three children’s hospitals in the nation and was the only pediatric hospital to be listed by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for.” Tally also oversaw the agreement between Children’s and Grady Health System to manage operations at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital in 2006. Tally credits his mentors, Children’s employees and the generosity of the Atlanta community for these successes.

Tally earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Before moving to Atlanta, Tally served as vice chancellor for administration and fiscal affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He also was assistant dean and director of the University’s Medical College Physicians Group of the College of Medicine.

Tally also held several positions at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale. In addition, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1970, in the United States and the Republic of the Philippines, and rose through the ranks to captain.

After 23 years of service to Children’s, Tally will retire this year and transition leadership to Children’s COO, Donna Hyland.


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient visits annually, Children’s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopaedic and transplant services, as well as many other pediatric specialties. Visit our Web site at or call 404-250-KIDS to learn more about Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding is owned by Grady Health System and managed by HSOC Inc., an affiliate of Children’s.


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