Trustee Certification

The Trustee Certification program enables hospitals to utilize governance best practices, promote the coordination of care and the best use of resources, and demonstrate to their communities, lawmakers, physicians, employees, businesses and other community stakeholders that Georgia hospitals:

  • Understand and embrace the need for governance accountability;
  • Govern according to a standard of excellence;
  • Are willing to formally certify their adherence to governance best practices;
  • Are committed to care management and coordination of resources;
  • Embrace community accountability and transparency;
  • Structure their community benefit and outreach programs to meet identified community needs;
  • Utilize data from the GHA State of Health Data Report to identify and address areas of need especially for the uninsured and underinsured;
  • Utilize performance data to identify opportunities for improvement and to monitor progress to improve quality and safety; and
  • Integrate local health efforts with state programs.

2018 Brochure

The Checklist is divided into five areas with criteria listed for individual Trustee Certifications.


These Trustees were certified in the calendar year 2017. The 2017 Trustees were recognized at the Annual Trustees Conference in January 2018.

Bacon County Hospital


Roger Boatright
Danny Stanaland
John Larry Sweat
Martha Lee
Buck Harnage
Larry Jordan
Roger Staten
Albert Wildes
Jerry Boatright




Colquitt Regional Medical Center


Richard Bass, Chairman
Dr. Maureen Yearta, Secretary
Dr. Jim Keith, Treasurer
Mr. Kirk Friedlander
Mr. Jim Matney
Dr. Howard Melton
Mr. Mark Mobley
Mr. Brooks Sheldon
Mr. Richie Turner



Columbus Regional Health


Warren Steele, II
Max Brabson, Jr.
Cecil Cheves
Shane Darrah, M.D.
John Dale Hester
M. Scott Hill
Todd Jarrell, M.D.
Joey Loudermilk
Liliana McDaniel
Jack Pezold
William Roundtree, M.D.
Will White



Crisp Regional Hospital


Steve Gautney
Rann Folsom
Claire Krause
Wayne Martin
Mike Miller
William Pannell, M.D.
Sule Salami, M.D.
Noel Williams, Jr.



Effingham Health System


Patricia Ann Yarbrough
Barry Flonnory
LaMeisha Hunter Kelly
Derrell E. Banks
Richard Rafter



Floyd Medical Center


George A. Bosworth, M.D.
Kay Y. Chumbler
Wright W. Bagby, Jr.
James E. Collins, Jr., M.D.
Garry E. Fricks
Carl J. Herring, M.D.
Robert H.  Holcombe, Jr., M.D.
David W. Johnson
Larry T. Kuglar
Anne Lule, M.D.
Timothy I. Mahanay
Mark W. Manis
W. David Newby
W. Frank Shelley
Rhonda S. Wallace
Brad L. Ward, M.D.
John Bennett
Katie M. Dempsey
J. Daniel Hanks, Jr., M.D.
Denise Downer-McKinney
P. Joel Snider, Ph.D.



Gwinnett Medical Center


Carlton Buchanan, M.D.
Renee Byrd-Lewis
Keith Carnes, M.D.
Norwood Davis
L.C. Johnson
Terri Jondahl
J. Michael Levengood
Miles Mason III, M.D.
Jeff Wages
Philip Wolfe



Hamilton Health Care System, Inc.


Don W. Adcock
W. Murray Bandy
Robert M. Chandler
W. Norris Little
G. Lamar Lyle
Bryan E. McAllister
Gary A. Middleton
Jeffrey D. Myers
John P. Neal, III
Steven W. Paynter, M.D.
Henry C. Tharpe, Jr.
Luis M. Viamonte, M.D.



Hamilton Medical Center, Inc.


Robert H. Brooker
Robert M. Chandler
J. David Gregg
Robert B. Hubbs
Jeffery D. Myers
Stephen H. Ryals, M.D.
W. Scott Sellers
S. Craig Tidwell, M.D.
Wallace R. Weeks, M.D.



The Hospital Authority of Hall County and the City of Gainesville


Benny Bagwell
Steve Blair
Preston Bowen
Ben Hawkins, DMD
Jack Keener
Brenda Perry
Spence Price
Martha Randolph
Rich White



Liberty Regional Medical Center


James Rogers
James Thomas
Reginald Pierce
Seth Borquaye
Daisy Pray
Michael Hester
Derek Rozier



Morgan Memorial Hospital


Huey Atkins
Sarah Burbach
Paul Courchaine
Terry Evans
John Moore
Mary Ellen Shannon
Sherry Terrell-Alexander
Maynard (Butch) Thompson Jr.
Calvin Welch
Dan Zant, MD



Northeast Georgia Health System


Benny Bagwell
Mary Lynn Coyle
Mohak Dave’, MD
Denise Deal
Ben Hawkins, DMD
Clifton Hastings, MD
David Hughs
Paul Maney
John Nix
Martha Nesbitt, Ph.D.
Spence Price
LeTrell Simpson
Jane Smoot
Priscilla Strom, MD
Philip Wilheit
RK Whitehead



Northeast Georgia Medical Center


Steve Blair br/> Lua Blankenship
Preston Bowen
Craig Brown, MD
Larry Dent
Kaye Ann Herth, Ph.D.
Jack Keener
Deborah Mack
Phillippa Lewis Moss
John Nix
Jeff Terry, MD
Tim Scully, MD
Rodney Smith, MD
Jackie Wallace
Alex Wayne



Phoebe Putney Health System


Lemuel Griffin
Wilhelmina Hall
Brad Lafevers
Bruce Melton
Anthony Parker, PhD
John Temp Phillips, III
Will Sims
Edward Vance, Jr., MD
Joel Wernick



Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital


John Culbreath, EdD
Mary Helen Dykes
Kathy Hudson, MD
Karen Iler
Marvin Laster
William J. McAfee, MD
Bernard Scoggins, MD
Joel Wernick
Sally Whatley, PhD



Phoebe Sumter Medical Center


Joe Austin
Brian Church
Sandra Daniel, PhD, RN
Randy Jones
Robbie Latimore, EdD
Dale Lawson, MD
Regina McDuffie
Fred McLaughlin, EdD
Joel Wernick
Sandra Zornes, MD



Phoebe Worth Medical Center


Joe Austin
Mary King Givens
Don Monk
Natu Patel, MD
Chris Shipp
Shirley Ann Thomas
Joel Wernick



Polk Medical Center


George A. Bosworth, M.D.
Bruce R. Casey
D. Lee Cummings
Darroll F. Freeman
Larry T. Kuglar
W. Frank Shelley
Brad L. Ward, M.D.
Harold W. Wyatt, Jr.



Redmond Regional Medical Center


Curtis Hart
Jason Winters

Shepherd Center, Inc.


David F. Apple, Jr.
Cyndae Arrendale
Sara S. Chapman
Clark H. Dean
John S. Dryman
Larry Ellis
David H. Flint
Molly Lanier
Donald P. Leslie
Douglas Lindauer
Sarah A. Morrison
McKee Nunnally
Juli Owens
John Rooker
Emory A. Schwall
Jamie Shepherd
Clyde Shepherd
Alana Shepherd
James H. Shepherd
J. Harold Shepherd
James D. Thompson
Michael Yochelson



South Georgia Medical Center


Gregory Powell

Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc.


Carl Alexander
Rose Andrews
Stephen Chitty
Kay Hampton
Roosevelt Harris, Jr.
Valerie Hepburn
Michael Hodges
John Vance Hughes
Mitchell T. Jones. M.D.
Joanne Matukaitis, MSN, RN, FABC, FACCVR
Robert C. Turner
Gary Willis
M.H. Woodside



Tift Regional Health System


Joyce Mims

Upson Regional Medical Center


Scott Blackstock
Jim Edwards
Barney Hancock
William Hightower
Steve Keadle
Kay Robinson
Kay Searcy
Dr. Ralph Warnock