Hospital Authority Welcomes New Members Wilson and Hughes

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: June 17, 2010 – The Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Wilson, M.D., FACOG, and attorney Vance Hughes as the newest members of the Authority. The two replace out-going members Eric Segerberg, M.D., and Robert E. Griffin whose terms recently expired.

Wilson, a native of southern Arkansas, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has been a member of the Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus medical staff since 1998. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and her Master’s degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Campus in Little Rock, Ark. Wilson worked as a staff nurse in Fayetteville, Ark., then as a surgical clinical nurse specialist in the Coronary Care Unit at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Ark., before going on to earn her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Wilson completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a captain in the U.S. Army.

She practiced at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Banning, Ga., and was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Major. Before relocating to the Golden Isles, Wilson practiced at Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville, Ga. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, Delta Sigma Theta service sorority, and Links, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations. She is married to Charles Wilson, a congressional aide for U. S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R, Ga.), and they are the parents of one child, Charlie Wilson, 19, a student at Georgia Southern University.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Authority,” Wilson says. “As a physician, I hope to work with my fellow Authority members to assure that the Health System adheres to and exceed all patient care policy standards and that we continue to improve and expand our health care services in order to meet the needs of our community.”

Hughes, a native of Calhoun, Ga. and a former captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, founded Vance Hughes & Associates in Brunswick, a consulting firm that provides assistance with environmental compliance, sustainable development and infrastructure projects. He has been involved in the restoration and management of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel since 1984, and also provided an alternative energy and natural resource conservation plan for the new Hampton Inn & Suites on Jekyll Island. Additionally, his firm has worked with the Georgia Ports Authority and has assisted clients in managing hazardous materials and waste.

Hughes completed his undergraduate degree in economics from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., before going on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. After beginning his career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C., Hughes served as the first Chief of Policy, Legislation and Special Litigation in the Land and Natural Resources Division, then the in the U.S. Department of Justice as Chief of the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section. He went on to work as a private attorney before founding and managing Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, an environmental practice group in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and North Carolina. Some of the highlights of his 18-year tenure with Kilpatrick Stockton included serving as common counsel for multi-party groups at 15 Superfund sites, representing the city of Atlanta in defense of a comprehensive Clean Water Act enforcement action, advising clients involved in controversies concerning destruction of shellfish beds and wetlands, and leading a team of environmental organizations in a mediation that convinced shrimp fishermen to use excluder devices in their nets to reduce the mortality of endangered sea turtles.

Hughes is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Stetson Kennedy Foundation Board of Trustees, the Center for International Environmental Law Board of Advisors, and the Jekyll Island Advisory Forum.

“Having worked with national environmental legislation and regulations for more than 30 years, I hope that experience prepared me to help the Authority approach the new National Health Care Program as an opportunity to improve our services in a cost effective manner and minimize any of the negative aspects,” Hughes says. “And having lost my wife to breast cancer, I also hope to work with fellow Authority members to continue to improve information management, including the system that provides patients and their families with the medical information they need in a more understandable way.”

The Authority is made up of nine members—four are nominated by the City Commission, four are nominated by the County Commission and one is a city/county nominee. Authority members are then appointed by the sitting members. Each of these members volunteers his or her time to oversee the not-for-profit Health System.

In addition to Wilson and Hughes, Authority members are Chairperson Michael D. Hodges, Vice Chair Carl Alexander, Secretary M.H. “Woody” Woodside, Treasurer Laura McKinley, Mark Bedner, Walter C. McNeely, and Carla L. Yarbrough.