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Northeast Georgia Health System announces new board members and leaders

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) has elected new board leaders and announced new board members for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1, according to a press release by NGHS. 

NGHS is a non-profit with a mission of improving the health of the community. With campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega and several outpatient locations and medical office buildings including one in Dawsonville, the organization cares for over a million people across the North Georgia region. 

The new additions to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Board are Martha Randolph, owner of Monique’s, Francis Lake, obstetrics and gynecology physician with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, and Pete Williams, hospital medicine physician with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. 

The Northeast Georgia Health System Board includes Spence Price as the chair and Alex Wayne as the vice chair. The new members are Cindy Green, owner of cotton Calf Kitchen, and Alex Wayne, partner of Wayne Capital. 

The Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Board Chair is Bedri Yusuf. New members of the board are Jane Carr, retired family nurse practitioner, Jane Taylor, retired District 2 Public Health Nurse and Jackie Wallace, staff accountant for Tillman, Bailey, Samples and Associates CPAs. 

The Hospital Authority of Hall County and the City of Gainesville Chair is Martha Randolph, and the vice chair is Benny Bagwell. The new member of the board is Jenny Floyd, a community volunteer. 

The Health Partners Network Board co-chairs are Antonio Rios and Marti Gibbs. The new member of the board is Martin Austin, hospital medicine physician with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. 

The Northeast Georgia Health System Foundation Chair is Pepper Brown, and the vice chair is Ricky Pugh. The new member of the board is Ugochukwu Egolum, cardiologist with the Georgia Heart Institute. 

The NGHS Advisory Council includes Glennis Barnes as the chair and Jessica Dudley as the vice chair. New members to the council include Pamela Elfenbein, director of the UNG Institute of Healthy Aging and Gerontology, Ben McDaniel, economic development coordinator for Barrow County, Thom Price, owner of Visiting Angels, Jeff Shoemakerr, chief of police for the City of Cleveland, Amy Whitley, retired vice president of UPS, Sandra Williams, retired Federal Civil Service in the Air Force, and David Wimpy, division director for the Lumpkin County Emergency Services. 

The NGHS Auxiliary Board includes Katie Crumley, president, Diane Stephens, vice president, Susan Wentz, vice president Braselton, Barbara McLin, vice president Barrow and new member, Jennifer Bagwell, treasurer, and Lee Highsmith, immediate past president and nominating chair. 

According to the release, NGHS leadership are excited to have all of the new additions join the system’s board. 

“We are so grateful to each of these individuals for their dedication to our mission of improving the health of the commodity in all we do,” Carol Burrell, NCHS president and CEO, said in the release. “We look forward to working with them in the coming year to make the health system better tomorrow than it is today.” 

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