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Newsmakers in business, Dec. 28

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NGHS’ Burrell elected to state Board of Trustees

Carol Burrell, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association at the association’s annual convention Nov. 14 in Atlanta.

Burrell has been part of the senior management team of NGHS since 1999 and served as executive vice president and chief operating officer from 2004 to 2011. She was named president and CEO in 2011.

“Carol Burrell is one of the most innovative health care leaders in the state,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “She has succeeded in efforts to expand quality health services in her community and brings considerable knowledge to our board.”

Leadership Georgia adds 2 Hall businessmen

Two Hall County businessmen have been named to Leadership Georgia.

Jared Drew Echols of Alto, general manager/operating partner of Jaemor Farms, and Daren Culbreath Wayne of Flowery Branch, principal of Radial Property Group, will participate in Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2015.

Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state.

2 Longstreet doctors elected to state Medical Association posts

Two physicians from The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville recently were elected to positions with the Medical Association of Georgia.

Andrew B. Reisman, a family physician in Oakwood, was elected as secretary for the Medical Association of Georgia. E. Frank McDonald, a neurologist in Gainesville, was elected as speaker of the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is MAG’s primary legislative and policy-
making body.

From 2013-2014, Reisman served as second vice president and first vice president for MAG. McDonald previously served as vice speaker of the House of Delegates from 2008-2014. Both physicians are past presidents of the Hall County Medical Society and served on the MAG Board of Directors.

White County Chamber of Commerce earns 4-star accreditation

The White County Chamber of Commerce has received a 4-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Only 213 of the 7,077 chambers in the United States are accredited.

To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures and effective communications in its operations and programs.

The White County Chamber was first accredited in 1991. To maintain accreditation, chambers must reapply every five years. The White County Chamber was reaccredited in 2004 and achieved a 3-STAR accreditation in 2008.

Also, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recognized the White County Chamber of Commerce as a Georgia Certified Chamber. With over 150 chambers in the state, 47 have received this honor.

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