Center for Rural Health


The Center for Rural Health is a council within the Georgia Hospital Association that embodies the interests of Georgia's small rural hospitals, which we define as an acute care or critical access hospital that meets one of the following criteria: 


  • an average daily (inpatient) census of 75 or fewer and located in a county with a population of 75,000 people or fewer
  • or, designated critical access hospitals (CAH)

There are 74 hospital members of the Center for Rural Health.

The Center for Rural Health is governed by a board of trustees comprised of 11 small rural hospital CEOs, the president of GHA (ex-officio), and the executive director of The Center for Rural Health.  The executive director has dual reporting responsibilities to GHA executive leadership as well as the governing board of the Center.

The mission of the Center for Rural Health is to represent the needs of Georgia’s small and rural hospitals in a manner that promotes accessibility to high quality and cost-efficient health care and to act as a central agency for the study, discussion, resolution, and dissemination of ideas and information that addresses problems faced by small and rural hospitals.

CRH Board Announced

The 2021-22 Center for Rural Health Board was announced on Thursday, Aug. 19.

(Photos of the CRH Board)


Kim Gilman, Phoebe Worth Medical Center, Sylvester


Michael Gay, Union General Hospital, Blairsville

Immediate Past-Chair

Matt Gorman, Floyd Polk Medical Center, Cedartown

Regional Trustees

Damien Scott, Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro

Tyler Williams, Habersham Medical Center, Demorest

James Womack, Mitchell County Hospital, Camilla

Tammy Mims, Liberty Regional Medical Center, Hinesville

Todd Dixon, Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, Milledgeville

At Large Trustee

Glenn Gann, Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, Brunswick

Jon Green, Taylor Healthcare Group, Cochran

Angie Stiggins, CHI Memorial Hospital of Georgia, Fort Oglethorpe

Tanya Adcock, St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, Greensboro

Hospital Leadership Training Program

GHA and Georgia Southern University (GSU) have partnered to provide state-mandated educational training for hospital executives and board members.

Rural Hospital Tax Credit Resources

Georgia Heart Hospital Program - Employee Giving Guide

Payroll Deduction Calculator (password protected)
Department of Revenue Proposed Contribution Timeline
Center for Rural Health Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program Eligibility Keri Conley, Associate General Counsel & Carie Summers, VP Healthcare Financing, Georgia Hospital Association
Eligibility Flow Chart for SB 258- Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program
Grassroots Fundraising - Patti Lyons, Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy
Rural Hospital Tax Credit: Legal Considerations - Sarah F. Kuipers, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Tax and Record Keeping for SB 258 - Jim Creamer, Partner & Bert Bennett, Partner, Draffin & Tucker
Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program (SB 258) - Audio File - C. Bert Bennett, Partner, Draffin & Tucker