VPs, Quality Management Director Named Fellows

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 19, 2007 –Southeast Georgia Health System vice presidents Marjorie Mathieu, Ellen Hamilton, RN, and Dorothy (Dodie) Mitchell, RN, director of Quality Management, were recently named Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

As vice president, Mathieu oversees the Safety/Security Department, Food and Nutrition Services, Facilities Management, the Laboratory Department, Certificate of Need (CON) applications, property management, and the recently-opened Outpatient Care Center.

Before joining the Southeast Georgia Health System administrative team in 2003, Mathieu had most recently served as Assistant Administrator at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from West Virginia in Morgantown and later went on to earn her MBA there with an emphasis on management and marketing.

Mathieu is a graduate of Leadership Glynn, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Blueprint Brunswick and the Downtown Development Authority. She is a member of St. William Catholic Church, where she serves as a cantor, lector, and Eucharistic Minister. She sings with New Renaissance and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia Chorale, and resides on St. Simons Island with her daughters.

As vice president, Hamilton oversees Quality Management, Critical Care Services, House Managers, Pharmacy, Medical/Surgical, Cancer Care Center, Women's/Children's Services, and Surgical Services.

Before joining the Southeast Georgia Health System administrative team in 2004, Hamilton served as Vice President of Nursing at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and Vice President of Patient Care, Corporate Nurse Executive, at Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, Delaware. Hamilton, who is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow, earned her BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan, and her MSN from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders.

As director of Quality Management, Mitchell directs the performance improvement and patient safety efforts of the Health System. She also manages the submission of data to state and national quality improvement projects, directs the policy and procedure process of the Health System, and supervises the Infection Control Program.

Before joining Southeast Georgia Health System in 1999, Mitchell most recently served as the Corporate Assistant Director of Patient Care Services for First Choice Medical in Augusta, Ga. She is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, the Georgia Hospital Association, the Peer Review Contact Partnership for Health and Accountability, the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals, and is the Glynn County Representative for the Regional Board for Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse.

Mitchell earned her associate degree in nursing from Brunswick Junior College (now Coastal Georgia Community College), then her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in healthcare administration from Columbia Southern University.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standards of professional development, and only 5,400 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating and professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Mathieu, Hamilton, and Mitchell are now privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. Their advancements to Fellow went into effect on Jan. 8, 2007, and they will both honored at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership on March 18 in New Orleans.