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Sonny Rigas Retiring After 26 Years With Floyd
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Sonny Rigas Retiring After 26 Years With Floyd


Reception Held Friday at Floyd Medical Center

​ROME, Ga., June 3, 2022 Sonny Rigas officially retired from Atrium Health Floyd on Friday, ending 26 years of service with the organization.

​Rigas served as an internal auditor at Floyd briefly in the 1980s. He then held administrative positions with other healthcare organizations before returning to Floyd in 1996.

He was named executi ve vice president and chief operating officer in 2011. Rigas played a large role in the expansion of services at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center as Floyd became a regional hub for healthcare in northwest Georgia.

“It's hard to imagine working here without Sonny," said Kurt Stuenkel, executive vice president of Atrium Health and president and chief executive officer at Atrium Health Floyd. “It's going to feel strange not to see him. Over the years we have worked together, traveled together and played golf together. He has been very dedicated to our mission."

He earned a Master of Business Administration from Berry College and a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Tennessee.

Rigas said the biggest changes in the field he's seen are tied to advances in technology.

“When I started in this business, we didn't even have email," Rigas said. “The changes in technology and how that has impacted the care we provide patients has been impressive." Atrium Health Floyd announced this week the addition of another robot-assisted procedure.

Rigas said he is proud of the services Floyd has been able to provide during his nearly three decades with the organization.

“At the end of the day it really comes down to what you are doing for your community, what services you are offering and how you are helping patients," he said.

He easily explained why he stayed with Floyd for nearly three decades.

“It's the people and the culture," Rigas said. “The people made this a great place to work and you usually find that to be the case at any company that is successful."

​About Atrium Health Floyd
Since 1942, Floyd, now Atrium Health Floyd, has worked to provide affordable, accessible care in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Today, Atrium Health Floyd is a leading medical provider and economic force. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation's leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. At the hub of these services is Floyd Medical Center, a 304-bed full-service, acute care hospital and regional referral center. Atrium Health Floyd employs more than 3,400 teammates who provide care in over 40 medical specialties at three hospitals: Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia; Floyd Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama; Floyd Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Georgia, as well as Floyd Behavioral Health Center, a freestanding 53-bed behavioral health facility, also in Rome; and a primary care and urgent care network with locations throughout the service area of northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.­​