Promoting from within and developing the strengths of existing team members
has long been a tradition of Southeast Georgia Health System, evidenced
by the promotion of Stanford "Tripp" Stephens III to director
of Facilities Management.
As director, Stephens’ areas of responsibility include plant operations,
biomedical engineering, construction, environmental services, laundry,
linen, and central transportation for the Health System.
Stephens joined the Health System in late 2009 as the manager of Facilities
Management. Prior to that time, he served as assistant director of Plant
Operations at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, Ga. Stephens earned
his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern
State University. Through the American Hospital Association, he is a Certified
Healthcare Facility Manager, Certified Healthcare Constructor, and Certified
Healthcare Environmental Services Professional. He also holds an Unrestricted
Electrical License (Masters) through the Secretary of State’s Office.
In 2012, Stephens was selected by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering
(ASHE) to receive the Emerging Regional Leader Award, a prominent national
award that recognizes 10 exceptional individuals, one from each ASHE region,
for their exemplary leadership skills and their commitment to the field
of health care facility management. He was a graduate of Leadership GHA
(Georgia Hospital Association) in 2008, and was named Engineer of the
Year by the Georgia Society of Healthcare Engineers in 2010.