Hospital Authority Welcomes Two New Members

Robert Turner

The Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert C. Turner and Joanne M. Matukaitis, MSN, R.N., FABC, FAACVPR, as the newest members of the Authority.

Robert Turner

Robert Turner, a Brunswick resident, was nominated by the Brunswick City Commission. He is a lifelong resident of Glynn County and owner of Turner & Associates Insurance, with offices in Brunswick and St. Simons Island. Turner started his career in 1985 for what was then called Palmer & Cay. After working at the firm for 18 years, he acquired the local office and later in 2011 acquired Arthur Pittman and Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and is a Charted Property and Casualty Underwriter.

Turner has been involved extensively in the local community for more than 25 years. He is past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club, an active member of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, and a 1999 graduate of Leadership Glynn. He was a charter member of the Brunswick Audit Committee and served as its chairman for two years. He was a district director of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and has served on the President’s Council of Builders Insurance Company. Turner has been active in local United Methodist churches for more than 25 years and is a former board member of The Gathering Place, a community-based youth ministry.

“Our quality of life is outstanding in Glynn County and having excellent health care is part of what make this a great place to live and raise a family,” Turner says. “I look forward to using my years of business and community service experience to enhance health care in our region through my service on the Hospital Authority.”

Joanne M. Matukaitis, MSN, R.N., FABC, FAACVPR,

Joanne M. Matukaitis, MSN, R.N., FABC, FAACVPR, also a Brunswick resident, was nominated by the Glynn County Commission. A registered nurse for more than 30 years, she has extensive clinical and leadership experience in cardiovascular nursing, most recently as director of Cardiovascular /Critical Care Patient Care Services at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, a position she retired from in June 2012. Matukaitis began her nursing career in 1979 and progressed through a variety of clinical and management positions at hospitals, physician practices and cardiac rehabilitation centers in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. In 1991, she joined Christiana Health System as a staff nurse. She was promoted to manager of Heart and Vascular Outreach in 1995 and to director of Cardiovascular /Critical Care Patient Care Services in 2002, assuming leadership of all the hospital’s critical care, open heart and step-down nursing units.

Matukaitis earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Delaware. She has been certified as a Nursing Executive through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation and The Advisory Board Council, Washington. D.C.

“I am honored to be selected as a member of the Hospital Authority, and I am excited about using my years of professional health care experience in service to my new community,” Matukaitis says.

The Authority is made up of nine members—the City Commission nominates four, the County Commission nominates four =and one is a 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 Health System.