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Carter stepping down as hospital board chairman
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Doug Carter

For nearly two decades, Doug Carter has served on boards and committees for the Northeast Georgia Health System, most recently as the chairman of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Board.

At the end of the year Carter will step down, citing future opportunities, both personal and professional, as the reason.

“I have basically made a decision that it was time to take a little breather from (the board) and there are some other, both professional and personal, opportunities I’m wanting to pursue, and, as you can well imagine, chairmanship of the hospital is a very time-consuming opportunity,” said Carter. “Even though I have absolutely loved it, there are just some of these other things that I really want to pursue.”

In 2005, Carter, who also serves as president and broker of Don Carter Realty Co. and is the 2011 immediate past chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, joined the medical center board after years of various services within the medical system.

In 2006, he was named the chairman of the medical center board.

“The last six years, as we are all aware, have been extremely intense with the growth of the hospital, and with that has been a tremendous growth in the responsibilities/opportunities I’ve been afforded through my chairmanship,” said Carter. “It’s something that I have been deeply honored to serve in and hopefully have had a chance to make a small difference in the leadership role there.”

Carter submitted his letter of resignation to Mary Lynn Coyle, the chairwoman of the Northeast Georgia Health System Board, on Dec. 10, but will serve in the role through the end of the year.

Carter’s replacement has not been named, but, according to Melissa Tymchuk, the health system’s spokeswoman, the system’s governance committee “will be working on a plan to transition leadership roles in light of Doug’s resignation.”

“This was not an easy decision at all because I’ve been so committed to the hospital and will continue to help out in many other ways, but it was the right thing for me, personally and professionally, at this time to free up what takes a large amount of time and focus on some other things that are important to me,” Carter said.

Coyle was unavailable for comment Thursday, but notified the board of Carter’s resignation.

“Doug has been an extraordinary board member since joining our Medical Center Board in 2005,” she told the board. “His service to our boards has been outstanding. He has led with exceptional character and has been steadfast in upholding his fiduciary role.”

Carter said although he will not maintain a permanent position with the system and the hospital, he will still remain connected with its administrators and staff.

“I’ve had a good run with the hospital,” he said.

“I absolutely will continue to be one of its biggest supporters because of the significant role it plays in our community, our region and our state.”