Barbara Meyers, founder and former CEO of Coastal Neighborhood Well being Companies, has retired from her place and the group not too long ago introduced its new CEO, Dr. Kavanaugh Chandler.

Meyers will proceed to seek the advice of on a part-time foundation.

“It’s troublesome to observe Barbara Meyers go away her place as CEO of Coastal Neighborhood Well being Companies,” stated Adam Brown, chairman of the group’s board, in a press launch. “She has led the group from its inception to the place we stand as we speak.

Coastal Neighborhood Well being Companies is a nonprofit, domestically ruled and certified well being middle that opened in Brunswick in 2013. CCHS opened at its Brunswick location at Consumers Method in 2013. Since then, below the path of Meyers, two extra places have opened at Bartow Road in Brunswick and in Shellman Bluff in McIntosh County.

The nonprofit’s providers have expanded from major well being care to incorporate dental care, eye care, behavioral well being and pharmaceutical providers.

“It’s a rising well being group that fills an enormous want in Glynn and McIntosh counties for many who lack medical insurance protection however should have high quality medical care,” Brown stated.

“We want Barbara the perfect and are excited to welcome Dr. Kavanaugh Chandler to the workforce. We’re fortunate to search out somebody along with his breadth of expertise who will lead CCHS into our subsequent chapter.”

Chandler credited Meyers and the nonprofit’s board for having a imaginative and prescient to extend entry to well being care in the neighborhood.

“This was no straightforward process and required a lot dedication and laborious work,” he stated. “The neighborhood is in a greater place due to their sacrifices. It could seem easy, now that it has been performed, however I guarantee you that it was a monumental process.

“In listening to Barbara’s colleagues and others communicate of her and the work she has performed to carry CCHS to the place it’s now, I’m honored to observe in her footsteps as CCHS continues to make sure that anybody needing well being care has entry.”

In a cellphone interview with The Information, Chandler stated his first few weeks on the job have been wonderful.

“It takes a while to sort of get to know the neighborhood, get to know my employees specifically and their wants internally so we are able to concentrate on guaranteeing that we’re giving the very best care,” he stated. “I’m additionally listening to the neighborhood and seeing the place the wants are, whether or not it’s with the homeless inhabitants or entry to vaccines or simply normal major care.

He stated there’s numerous alternative for continued development, constructing on the inspiration laid by Meyers and the nonprofit’s board.

“If something, the pandemic has simply proven the shared disparity that exists on the subject of well being care, so I feel this gives an ideal alternative for me to come back and construct a workforce and work carefully with the neighborhood to enhance entry to care right here,” he stated.

Chandler beforehand served as chief working officer at Neighborhood Well being Care System, Inc., in Tennille, Ga., the place he supervised 17 clinics and managed 130 staff.

Previous to that, as COO of Variety Well being Heart, Inc., in Hinesville, he assumed accountability for the general inner operations of the middle and oversaw the well being care plan, high quality program and grant improvement.

He additionally served in 2018 as the important thing visionary and chief of Athens Neighborhood Well being Heart throughout a transitional interval for the group. He oversaw the day-to-day operations, together with strategic planning, whereas guaranteeing the fiscal accountability of the middle.

Chandler acquired his MD from All Saints College College of Medication, Dominica, and an MBA with a well being care administration focus from Davenport College in Michigan.

“As the brand new CEO, my objective is to foster an setting that builds upon the spirit and the core parts which created CCHS by persevering with to supply distinctive well being care alongside wonderful customer support,” he stated.

“At the side of the board of administrators, we’ll assess the neighborhood’s present and future wants because it pertains to well being care and make calculated and thoughtful choices to make sure our neighborhood continues to have entry to the perfect evidence-based care obtainable within the state of Georgia.”

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“Now we have entry to not solely major care however to remedy that can be pricey for a lot of,” Chandler stated. “We’re right here, and we’re open to working with each and anybody to get the phrase out.”

Every workforce member at CCHS shares this objective, he stated.

“It’s wonderful care by extremely certified people who aren’t solely specialised of their area however are dedicated to this on a private stage to make a distinction of their neighborhood,” he stated.

By Harry