The Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority is pleased to announce
the appointment of Roosevelt Harris Jr. as the newest member of the Hospital
Authority. He was nominated by the City of Brunswick, of which he is also
Harris worked for the City of Brunswick for 36 years, retiring as the city
manager in 2011. Prior to
he was the director of community and economic development for the city.
Through his work, Harris has
working knowledge of the city’s history and is an advocate for community
growth and development. During his
he managed both the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) III
and SPLOST IV, as well as wrote and administered state and federal grants.
He also wrote the city’s 1990 comprehensive plan and solid waste
he serves as the business community liaison coordinator for the Brunswick
Job Corps Center.
“We are very pleased that Roosevelt has accepted the Authority appointment,”
says Michael D. Scherneck, president & CEO, Southeast Georgia Health
System. “His knowledge and expertise will be very valuable in guiding
our efforts to continue advancing the quality of health care available
to the communities we serve.”
A Vietnam veteran, Harris received his master’s in public administration
from Valdosta State University. He is a member of several professional
organizations including the Association of City and County Managers, National
Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Community Developers
Association. Additionally, he is a charter member of Fourteen Black Men
of Glynn, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and a founder of both
the Coastal Georgia Pan-Hellenic Foundation and Preservation Technicians
Harris has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Walter C. McNeely.
Prior to his death in May, McNeely served the Hospital Authority for nine
years. He was originally nominated by the City of Brunswick in 2007, and
honored with the Georgia Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service
Award in 2014.
The Hospital Authority is made up of nine members and also
Valerie a. Hepburn, Ph.D., chair; Vance Hughes, vice chair; Carl Alexander,
Michael D. Hodges, Mitchell T. Jones, M.D., Joanne M. Matukaitis, MSN,
R.N. FABC, FAACVPR, Robbie Turner, and M.H. “Woody” Woodside.
The City Commission nominates four members, the County Commission nominates
four =and one is a joint 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 Southeast Georgia Health System.