Cherie Tolley, Willingway's interim CEO, was named as the substance abuse treatment center's permanent leader in an announcement by facility owner Summit BHC of Franklin, Tenn.
Tolley took on the interim position in early January, bringing 39 years of experience in behavioral health. She previously worked as a consultant to Willingway in 2016. The promotion places her at the helm of Willingway's broad range of addiction treatment programs and around 120 personnel.
Tolley has extensive healthcare leadership and operational expertise. She has served in both clinical and administrative roles, including facility CEO positions with Palmetto Behavioral Health System and Palmetto Pee Dee Behavioral Health Care.
Summit BHC's COO, Jeff Barnett, said in the announcement that Tolley is a great fit for Willingway.
"Her leadership, discipline and enthusiasm have brought a new sense of momentum and stability to Willingway," Barnett said.
Tolley will speak at an open round table event on Sunday, April 23 at Willingway's 41st alumni Homecoming weekend. The event is open to the public.
Willingway is a nationally-recognized alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility, nestled among Georgia pines on Jones Mill Road. It was founded by legendary Statesboro citizens, Dr. John Mooney and his wife Dot in the living room of their home nearly five decades ago.
The 40-bed hospital has operated with Mooney family involvement ever since, treating an average of 400 patients per year. Willingway's focuses on helping people with alcohol and drug addiction through the delivery of the highest quality care.
In addition to the hospital, Willingway provides a full continuum of care and network of sober living homes.