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Newsmakers in Business for March 10-16
Lisa Bridges

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Grimsley joins The Oxley Group as director of client development

The Oxley Group of Gainesville has named Don Grimsley as director of client development.

He will be responsible for the leadership of all client development activities and will extend the company’s ability to offer its programs and services.

Grimsley’s background includes investment banking and debt capital markets, where he was responsible for analyzing, packaging and marketing syndicated debt transactions in excess of $5 billion for Fortune 500 companies in energy, retail, manufacturing and transportation.

He also has owned and operated a small business in North Georgia with multiple locations and more than 100 employees for the last 10 years.

Grimsley holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

“I am eager to bring my skill-set to The Oxley Group and am confident that my professional, personal, entrepreneurial and educational background will assist our clients into achieving even greater results,” Grimsley said.

“I am very excited to welcome Don to the team,” Andrew Oxley said. “Not only will he bring his extensive business experience to our client group, his addition will also allow us to extend the level of personal service that our valued clients have become accustomed to.”

The Oxley Group is a performance-based training and consulting firm at 3292 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville; website,

Nurse Bridges earns Visionary Award for cancer treatment

Lisa Bridges, a nurse and certified breast cancer navigator at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Matt Mumber, MD, Visionary Award.

The award, presented by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology and the Center for Oncology, Research and Education, comes with a $2,000 grant. It is funded by GASCO and Georgia CORE, founding partners of Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia.

“We’re pleased to grant the first of what will be an annual award to recognize and promote outstanding individuals in their work to expand patient navigation services in Georgia,” GASCO Director Karen Beard said.

The award is named for Mumber, a radiation oncologist from Rome who used personal and professional capital to champion better patient care through increased access to trained patient care coordinators, or navigators. It recognizes a person or program that shares the CPNG vision to improve each cancer patient’s personal experience and quality of care and life.

“Ms. Bridges was hired as Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s first patient navigator, and in just over four years, the program has met the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of more than 1,100 breast cancer patients and their families,” Georgia CORE Director Angie Patterson said. “In addition to recognizing Ms. Bridges, the award speaks well of the commitment of NGMC, as we reviewed a very strong field of applicants.”

“Lisa’s untiring energy and commitment to the patient navigation program is witnessed daily by our staff, physicians and her patients,” said Anthony Williamson, vice president of Service Line and Greater Braselton Development at NGMC. “Because of her efforts and the success of the program, there is a common respect and belief at our institution that patient navigation is essential in providing a holistic approach to meeting the needs of our cancer patients.”

For more information about the award or the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, visit