As I near the end of my tenure with Southeast Georgia Health System, I
am filled with a variety of emotions. I am so very proud of all that we
have accomplished. I will miss the people and the day-to-day interactions
and frankly, the daily challenges. And to say that I am uncertain about
what the future holds is an understatement.
But what I do know is just how grateful I am to have been allowed to serve
you, our Health System and our community as President and CEO of Southeast
Georgia Health System.
Over my 18 years with the Health System, we have faced a number of challenges
but have also accomplished so very much. I appreciate the grace and expertise
exhibited by our team members during several hurricanes, multiple Joint
Commission surveys, and, of course the COVID-19 pandemic, all while a
major construction project was taking place. What may have seemed impossible
at the start was dealt with effectively because of you.
Our Health System is so dramatically different today as compared to what
it was when I first joined our organization in 2003 as the Chief Financial
Officer. The net value of our organization has more than doubled from
$151 million in 2003 to $384 million today. Be assured this is a huge
accomplishment and one that doesn’t happen without teamwork. I am
honored to have played a small part in that growth.
I would like to thank our Board of Directors, Camden Advisory Committee
and Hospital Authority for providing me the opportunity in 2015 to serve
as President and CEO. My heartfelt gratitude also extends to the members
of our Administrative Council, leadership team, medical staff members,
volunteers and most especially, our team members throughout both hospitals,
Senior Care Centers and our many physician practices.
I urge you to keep in mind that ours is not just a job, it is truly a calling.
You are our Health System and you have earned the right to be proud about
what we do each and every day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I have
a sense of pride as I look back over my tenure and I hope you feel the
same about the role you play in our successes.
I have often said that I and my wife, Kathy, who was a nurse in our Maternity
Care Center, have been very grateful for the opportunity to be part of
this community. The rewards, both personally and professionally, are well
beyond what we ever expected or deserved.
So as I prepare for my retirement, I would like to express one last time
my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done and for all you will continue
to do. I encourage you to support my successor, Mr. Scott Raynes, to enable
him to enjoy the same sense of accomplishment and success with which I
have been blessed!
Kathy and I wish you and your family a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year!