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, physicians, employees, businesses and other stakeholders that they:

  • 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.

Please note that the Trustee Certification Program was developed prior to the establishment of the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC) and is not approved by GHRIC to satisfy training requirements for rural hospital leaders in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 31-2-16. Instead, GHA has partnered with Georgia Southern University Jiann Ping-Hsu College of Public Health Practice and Research to provide rural hospital board and executive education to meet the GHRIC Curriculum Standards. Please click here to learn more about the GHA & Georgia Southern Board Education Program.


Individual Trustee Certification

New and experienced hospital trustee/board members seeking GHA certification for the first time are required to complete 12 hours of approved course work to meet the requirements for the GHA Trustee Certification Program.Eight of these hours may be from a trustee orientation program completed in a previous year. Second year certified trustees are required to complete 8 hours of continuing board education.  Every two years at least 4 of these hours must be at a face-to-face program.

Three or more year certified trustees must also complete 8 hours of continuing board education but they may count committee time as part of the 8 hours.  Qualifying committee meetings include hospital committees, GHA committees, or another organization/community committee where they are representing the hospital or serve due to their role as hospital trustee.

Trustees of hospitals participating in the GHA and Georgia Southern Hospital Leadership Training Program will be considered as Certified upon completion of the course curriculum.


Trustee Certification Checklist

Participating hospitals can use this Trustee Certification Form as a checklist to track and attest to individual trustee fulfillment of certification criteria.

Note that completion of the Trustee Certification Form is only required for hospitals that are not participating in the GHA and Georgia Southern Hospital Leadership Training Program, as this program includes centralized tracking and reporting of all learning for participating hospitals.


Certified Trustees

These Trustees were certified in the calendar year 2018. The 2018 Trustees were recognized at the Annual Trustees Conference in January 2019.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center
John Mark Mobley, Jr.
Howard Melton, M.D.
Richard Bass
Kirk Friedlander
James Keith
Maureen Yearta
Richard Turner
Johnny Brown, III
Brooks Sheldon

Crisp Regional Hospital, Inc.
Rann Folsom
Steve Gautney
Claire Krause
Mike Miller
Dr. William Pannell
Dr. Sule Salami
Noel Williams, Jr.

Effingham Hospital Authority
Barry Flonnory
LaMeisha Hunter Kelly
Hoyt (Mose) Mock
Patricia Ann Yarbrough

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

Gwinnett Medical Center
Carlton Buchanan, MD
Renee Byrd-Lewis
Keith Carnes, MD
Norwood Davis
L.C. Johnson
Terri Jondahl
Mike Levengood, J.D.
Miles Mason, III, MD
Bill McGann, MD
Charles Oglesby
Greg Shumate
Jeff Wages
Philip R. Wolfe

Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS)
Bryan E. McAllister
Gary A. Middleton
Don W. Adcock
Robert M. Chandler
G. Lamar Lyle
Jeffrey D. Myers
John P. Neal, III
Steven W. Paynter, M.D.
Henry C. Tharpe, Jr.
Luis M. Viamonte, M.D.

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC)
Robert M. Chandler
Ayman Rifai, M.D.
J. David Gregg
Robert B. Hubbs
Jeffrey D. Myers
W. Scott Sellers
Wallace R. Weeks, M.D.

The Hospital Authority of Hall County and the City of Gainesville
Benny Bagwell
Steve Blair
Ben Hawkins, DMD
Jack Keener
Brenda Perry
Martha Randolph
Rich White


Morgan Medical Center
Paul R. Courchaine
John M. Moore
Dan Zant, MD
Mary Ellen Shannon
Calvin Welch
Maynard (Butch) Thompson, Jr.
Sarah Burbach
Sherry Terrell
Hubert (Huey) P. Atkins, III

Northeast Georgia Health System
Benny Bagwell
Mary Lynn Cole
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
Lua Blankenship
Preston Bowen
Eugenia Cindea, MD
Larry Dent
Kaye Ann Herth, Ph.D.
Jack Keener
Deborah Mack
Semuel Maysonet
Phillippa Lewis Moss
John Nix
Tim Scully, MD
Jackie Wallace
Alex Wayne

Phoebe Putney Health System
Mary Helen Dykes
Mary King Givens
Lemuel Griffin
Wilhelmina Hall
Brad Lafevers
Bruce Melton
Lamar Moree, MD
Anthony Parker, PhD
John Temp Phillips, III
Will Sims
Edward Vance, Jr., MD
Joel Wernick

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
John Culbreath, EdD
Kathy Hudson, MD
Karen Iler
Marvin Laster
William J. McAfee, MD
Bernard Scoggins, MD
Jay Sharpe
Jimmy Webb
Joel Wernick
Sally Whatley, PhD

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
Joe Austin
Sandra Daniel, PhD, RN
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
Vic Patel
Chris Shipp
Shirley Ann Thomas
Joel Wernick

Polk Medical Center
George W. Bosworth, M.D.
Todd Bussey
Bruce R. Casey
D. Lee Cummings
Darroll F. Freeman
Neil E. Gordon, M.D.
Larry T. Kuglar
W. Frank Shelley
Sondi Smith Vest
Brad L. Ward, M.D.
Harold W. Wyatt, Jr.

South Georgia Medical Center
Mr. Gregory Powell

Tift Regional Medical Center
Joyce Mims

Upson Regional Medical Center
Scott Blackstock
Johnathan Busbee, M.D
Jim Edwards
Barney Hancock
Bill Hightower
Steve Keadle
Kay Robinson
Kay Searcy
Ralph Warnock, M.D.

Wayne Memorial Hospital
Carletha Davis
Doug Ellis
Dr. Lance Hendrix
Herman Lewis
David Earl Keith
Pat Perry
Brenda Purvis