Health System Welcomes New Vice President of Physician Practices

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: June 24, 2011– Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome Melody Thompson, FACHE, CMPE, as the new vice president of Physician Practices for Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., a strategic affiliate of the Health System.

Thompson earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and a Master’s in business administration with a health care focus from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

She has 18 years of progressive responsibility and leadership experience working with physician practice groups in various environments, including academic, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as the vice president for Physician Services at University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga.

“We are excited to have someone of Melody’s caliber join our executive team,” says Michael D. Scherneck, executive vice president & CFO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “In her new role, she will oversee the growing number of physician practices that are part of the Health System, which has grown to more than 60 practitioners and will continue to expand as we recruit more physicians to serve the needs of our community.”

Thompson is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is also a certified member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Additionally she graduated from Leadership Columbia County and was a board member of the Augusta Metro YMCA, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Evans Surgery Center. She has relocated to the Golden Isles with her sons, Caleb and Liam.