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New director named at Good News Clinics
Allison Borchert will replace retiring Cheryl Christian on Aug. 1
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A registered nurse and longtime employee of Good News Clinics has been named executive director of the organization, which provides medical and dental care to uninsured Hall County residents who can’t afford it.

Beginning Aug. 1, Allison Borchert will replace Cheryl Christian, who in February announced plans to retire.

Employed with Good News Clinics since 2002, Borchert’s service to the clinic goes back even further. While working as a nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, she became a Good News Clinics volunteer.

"I have a passion for people in our community who don’t have access to medical services," Borchert said. "I enjoy being able to use my talents as well as my nursing experience to help others."

Richard Bennett, president of the Good News Clinics board of directors, said Borchert was the right fit.

"She has a wealth of experience with the provision of services and operations at GNC and is committed to the clinic’s mission," said Richard Bennett, president of the Good News Clinics board of directors.

Much of what Borchert learned, she attributes to Christian, who she considers a "great mentor."

"(Christian) is a visionary, and she has the ability to ignite great enthusiasm for what we do here," Borchert said. "I’m just honored to be able to try and build on the foundation that she helped create."

Bennett said a search committee was appointed shortly after Christian’s retirement announcement. The committee recruited and interviewed candidates from throughout Georgia.

"We are excited that the best candidate for the position was one of our own, and it’s always rewarding to promote talent from within the organization," said Jerry Chandler, a board member and chairman of the search committee.

Borchert said working for Good News Clinics has been rewarding both on a spiritual and professional level.

"I enjoy the fact that it’s a Christian clinic," she said. "The morning devotions are very important to me. And, it’s been rewarding, not just in sharing my medical knowledge but in being able to give people hope."

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