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Newsmakers, Oct. 12
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Boulware, Piucci, Pratt join Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia
Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia has announced that Suzanne Boulware, Michele Piucci and Kayla Pratt have joined their staff.

Boulware will serve as head teller. She previously worked at Gainesville Bank & Trust from 2004 to 2008 and has eight years of retail management experience. Boulware attended Georgia Southern University, majoring in business management. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Dahlonega with son Douglas and daughter Lily.

Piucci is vice president, business development officer. She was previously director of marketing at Gainesville Bank & Trust and has more than 25 years of banking experience in the Hall County market.

A Gainesville native and a graduate of Gainesville High School, Piucci received her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing.

Active in the local community, Piucci serves as secretary of the executive committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Hall County and chairman of the marketing committee. She also serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Parks and on the marketing committee for WomenSource. She is involved with the Medical Center Foundation, United Way of Hall County and the John Jarrard Foundation.

Piucci and her husband, Andy, reside in Gainesville.

Pratt is a teller at Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia. A native of Hall County, Kayla was previously an estimating assistant at America's Home Place. She graduated from Chestatee High School, was a member of DECA, and won first place in business marketing at the 2003 national conference. She has volunteered at The Guest House Adult Day Health for 11 years, participates in pet therapy at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center and is a volunteer fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Hall County Medical Society honored by state association
The Hall County Medical Society received the John B. Rabun Award for 2008 at the Medical Association of Georgia's 154th House of Delegates meeting on Oct. 4. The award is presented to a county medical society for "community activity that brings attention to efforts in the medical community."

The association says that Hall County Medical Society leaders made monumental strides to increase membership and meeting attendance in the past two years.

In 2007, the group raised more than $12,000 to fund a study by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to assess the medical profession's economic impact on Hall County.

The group said that the study's results were "compelling and clearly demonstrated that the medical profession is a vital component of the economic fabric of our community."

The society promoted the findings with the Chamber of Commerce, legislators, and key business and professional leaders in the community.

The Hall County Medical Society is also credited with introducing the Health Access Initiative to address a major gap in health services for the growing number of low-income, uninsured adults and children living in the county.

The program is used to manage a network of more than 160 physicians who donate office-based care to qualified patients. The value of the physician services that been offered through the initiative to date now exceeds $1 million.

The society has been at the forefront of encouraging patients to establish a medical "home" and not use the emergency room for noncritical care.

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