Jo Brewer the executive director of Medical Plaza 400 in Dawson County has been named as the new board chair of the Good Shepherd Clinic.
In a press release issued this week, the Good Shepherd Clinic announced that after 37 years of service Brewer will retire from Northeast Georgia Health System at the end of December to assume the role as board chair of the clinic.
Speaking to the Dawson County News on Friday, Brewer said that she was honored by the announcement and hopes that she can continue the hard work done by the clinic’s board and volunteer staff.
“I’m so amazed at the courage that they have, keeping the clinic open throughout the pandemic,” she said. “I’m kind of in awe of them.”
Brewer said that she believes she will be able to pull from her experience at NGHS to implement changes, like pursuing telemedicine as an option for the clinic, which she believes will benefit the clinic’s patients.
“I hope I can do them justice,” she said.
Brewer is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Master of Business Administration. She joined the North Georgia Health System in 1984 and rose to lead the Medical Plaza 400 and serve as the Laboratory Administrative Director for Northeast Georgia Health System.
“Everyone affiliated with the Good Shepherd Clinic is overjoyed that Jo will serve as the board chair,” outgoing Good Shepherd Clinic Board Chair Steve Melching said in the release. “Her experience in the healthcare industry will be beneficial as she manages the growth of the clinic and continues providing healthcare for a growing number of residents who have none.”
The Good Shepherd is a clinic that operates under the mission of providing free health, dental and vision services for Dawson County adults who have no access to health insurance and are at or below the poverty level line.For more information on the clinic visit http://www.goodshepherddawsonco.org/.