Long-time Hospital Authority Chair Retires

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: April 11, 2008 – Linda Pinson, the only woman to chair the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority, has retired after 12 years of service, the last seven as chair.

Pinson was first appointed to the Authority as a city representative in 1996 after working as a Health System employee in the Public Relations Department from 1991-1994.

The Authority is made up of nine members—four are appointed from the city, four are appointed from the County, and one is a city/county appointment. Each of these members volunteers their time and talents to oversee the not-for-profit Health System. It is Pinson’s compassion and dedication to health care, the community, and her family that have made her such a dynamic leader, says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, Health System president and CEO.

“Linda has been a driving force of contemporary change at the Health System,” Colberg says. “Linda is not only an innovative leader in our community, but she is my mentor and friend. I am in constant amazement at her achievements and at her compassion for the betterment of healthcare in our community. She truly cares about people and their wellbeing and that comes through in everything she does.”

In honor of her many years of uncompensated service, the Brunswick Campus Conference Center was renamed the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center in a surprise unveiling at the March Hospital Authority meeting. Some of the highlights that have occurred under Pinson’s tenure as chair include the Cancer Care Center becoming one of only six healthcare systems in the nation and the only one in Georgia to form an affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Care Network®. Other high points include the Brunswick Campus’ selection as one of only 10 hospitals in Georgia to participate in the Johns-Hopkins C-PORT clinical trial for angioplasty and stints, and the establishment of Cooperative Healthcare, Inc., a not-for-profit arm of the Health System created to encourage joint ventures, the establishment of the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP). The establishment of the International Seafarer’s Health Center, a one-of-a-kind operation dedicated to the healthcare of merchant marines from all over the world, and the opening of the new Outpatient Care Center and Cancer Care Center also occurred during her tenure.

Other milestones during her leadership include the Brunswick Campus’ selection as the “Best Large Hospital” in Georgia by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, the groundbreaking of an additional 90,000 square feet to the Camden Campus, the affiliation with Brooks Rehabilitation Services, the establishment of an agreement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) to bring medical students to the Brunswick Campus for part of their training—the first time this has ever been offered in Brunswick. She also oversaw the Authority during the acquisitions of St. Marys Convalescent Center and the Senior Care Center, and the Health System’s 76 new affiliations with area colleges and universities utilizing Health System locations as centers for teaching and clinical settings.

In addition to her years of service to the Hospital Authority, Pinson has been a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Coastal Georgia Community College Foundation, St. Simons – Sea Island Council, Habitat for Humanity, the communications director for the local “Drugs Don’t Work” campaign, Mary House Ministries, Safe Harbor, The Coastal Symphony Society, the American Hospital Association, the Georgia Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Association for Female Executives, and the American Management Association.

She and her husband Ray live on St. Simons Island and have three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.