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Hospital Authority


As a public hospital, an eight-member Hospital Authority governs SGMC. Both the City Council of Valdosta and the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners appoint the representatives who serve on the Authority. Each group appoints four representatives who each serve a 5-year term. Authority members are community leaders who serve the hospital voluntarily. It’s a labor-intensive job for which no Authority member receives any monetary compensation.

In terms of governance, the Authority has the ultimate decision-making ability when it comes to the hospital. The Authority is subject to the Hospital Authorities Law of the Code of Georgia.

Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia Bylaws

Notice of Regular Meetings

Hospital Authority of Valdosta & Lowndes County, Georgia
Board of Trustees and Committees

The time, place, and dates of the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees and Committees of the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia are as follows:

Board of Trustees
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: The Executive Boardroom of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: The third Wednesday of each calendar month

Location Change: The meeting for April 21, 2021 will be held at the SGMC Berrien Campus at 1221 McPherson Ave., Nashville, GA 31636, Administrative Building.


Finance Committee 
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: The Executive Boardroom of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: The Tuesday immediately preceding the third Wednesday of each calendar month


Building and Grounds Committee
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: The Executive Boardroom of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: The second Thursday of each calendar month


Personnel/Trust Committee
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: The Executive Boardroom of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: The second Tuesday of each calendar month

There will be no meeting of the Personnel/Trust Committee on April 13, 2021.


Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Committee
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: The Executive Boardroom of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: The second Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October and December)


Bylaws Committee
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Pineview Conference Room of South Georgia Medical Center, located at 2501 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Dates: February 16, 2021

Notice of called meeting on April 20, 2021 at the time and location listed above.

MATTERS EXPECTED TO COME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE:

A.  Considering any potentially commercially valuable plan, proposal, or strategy that may be of competitive advantage in the operation of the Hospital Authority or its medical facilities and which has not been made public.  [O.C.G.A. § 31-7-75.2]

B.  Consulting with legal counsel with respect to pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the Hospital Authority or any officer or employee or in which the Hospital Authority or any officer or employee may be directly involved.  [O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2(1)]Strategic and legal


The Board of Trustees or a Committee of the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia may postpone or cancel a regular meeting in its discretion.

Executive sessions of the Board of Trustees or a Committee of the Hospital Authority will be closed to the public.

Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County Members

Sam Allen, Chairman
John Roan, DDS, Vice Chairman
John W. Langdale, Jr.,  Treasurer
Ben I. Copeland, Sr.
Tim Dame
Gregory Powell
Shirley J. Garland
Brian Griner, MD