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Newsmakers in Business, March 9
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Mark Gravitt

Newsmakers in business

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Gravitt joins Norton Insurance Division as operations manager

Mark Gravitt, a veteran banker and lifelong Gainesville resident, has joined The Norton Agency’s Insurance Division as the Agency Operations Manager.

Gravitt will operate in Norton’s main office at 434 Green St., Gainesville. He will assist with personnel, training, facilities, technology, budgeting, acquisition analysis, conversions, sales management and productivity.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work in my hometown in a locally owned business with an 85-year track record of strength, service and commitment to the security and well-being of our community,” Gravitt said. “The Norton Agency has insured my family’s homes and autos for years and I knew that we would be a good fit based on that experience alone.”

“Mark’s 30 years of banking experience in national, regional and community banking concerns brings The Norton Agency a different perspective,” said Bob Norton, CEO of Norton Insurance. “We believe this experience will prove to be valuable and we are proud to have Mark as a member of the Norton Agency team.”

Gravitt is a graduate of Johnson High School and The University of Georgia, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics. He and his wife, Robin, have one son. They live in Gainesville.

Medical Center cited for excellence by 2 studies

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been named one of the 100 top hospitals in the U.S. and Georgia’s No. 1 hospital by two separate studies.

Truven Health compiles its 100 Top Hospitals report over a five-year period, selecting hospitals for top performance and consistent improvement. They use public information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to evaluate performance in 10 areas.

The study names top hospitals in five different categories from Major Teaching Hospitals to Small Community Hospitals. NGMC is one of only 20 large community hospitals selected from across the nation. It was the only Georgia hospital in the Large Community group for 2014, as in 2013.

It was first named to the 100 Top Hospitals list in 2009, when it won the study’s Everest Award recognizing 23 of the 100 hospitals.

“Everyone in our organization – clinical staff, physicians, board members, volunteers and more – focuses solely on our mission to improve the health of our community in all we do,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. “We concern ourselves with accomplishing that mission, not necessarily to win awards, but, thankfully, one naturally leads to the other.”

The CareChex study measures virtually all non-federal U.S. hospitals across several categories. The study rated NGMC No. 1 in Georgia for Overall Hospital Care, Overall Medical Care and Overall Surgical Care. The study also rated NGMC as the top hospital in Georgia for surgery, heart care, women’s care, pulmonary and neurology hospital for patient safety. It ranked No. 6 nationwide.

From staff reports

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