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Non Discrimination Policy

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 

SGMC Health provides equal employment and patient opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, marital status, religion, disability, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry.

Section 504 Coordinator 
Johnny Ball, Coordinator

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

SGMC Health complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. SGMC Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

SGMC Health:

  • Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
    • Qualified sign language interpreters
    • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages

If you need these services, contact Johnny Ball, Section 1557 Coordinator.

If you believe that SGMC Health has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with: Johnny Ball, Section 1557 Coordinator, Attn: Communications/Public Affairs Administration Office, SGMC Health, 2501 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601, Office: 229-259-4022, TTY: 1-800-255-0056, Fax: 1-229-245-2157, Email:

You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, Johnny Ball, Section 1557 Coordinator is available to help you.

You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at, or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 509F, HHH Building, Washington, D.C. 20201, 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD), Complaint forms are available at