Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System have formed Coastal Community Health—a contiguous health network spanning from Brunswick to Jacksonville to St. Augustine. While continuing to operate independently as locally governed, community-focused health systems, our regional affiliation will benefit those we serve through collaborative initiatives designed to achieve superior quality, enhance care, gain efficiencies, and deliver value.
Coastal Community Health teams are focused on several collaborative initiatives to benefit our families in our communities. These include:
We are locally governed, community-based, not-for-profit health systems serving contiguous markets along the coast of North Florida and South Georgia. Download our By the Numbers PDF for more details.
A faith-based health system, Baptist Health has five hospitals including Wolfson Children’s Hospital; primary, urgent and home health care; and regional specialty programs such as Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.
With acute care hospitals in Brunswick and Camden, Southeast Georgia Health System serves the community with two long-term care facilities, three immediate care centers, five family medicine centers, and multiple specialty care centers
Founded in 1889, Flagler Hospital consistently ranks in the nation's top 5% of all hospitals for clinical excellence, with accredited programs in chest pain, stroke, bariatric surgery, joint replacements, cancer and more.
Hugh Greene serves as CEO of Coastal Community Health in addition to serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health, which has been recognized as by National Research Corporation as the most preferred health system in the greater Jacksonville area for more than 25 years. Mr. Greene holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a master’s degree of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University where he was Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Greene currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida (UNF) and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Bancorp, Inc. and The Jacksonville Bank, a public company on NASDAQ. He served as board chair for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Jacksonville Civic Council, the regional CEO group.
In 2007, the Jacksonville Business Journal named him an Ultimate CEO and he was inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame. As the founding chair of JaxCare, a program for the working uninsured, and chair of the Sulzbacher Center Board, he received the Excellence in Healthcare Award for his efforts on behalf of health care for the homeless. Mr. Greene was the recipient of the Leadership Jacksonville 2006 Community Trustee Award, the 2012 Humanitarian Award by OneJax, and the 2013 Distinguished Business Leader Award by UNF’s Coggin College of Business. Most recently, he was the national winner of the Community Leader Award by Modern Healthcare magazine (2014).
Mr. Greene is the immediate past chair of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) Board and a current Board member. He was named “Grassroots Champion” for Florida by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 2009 and subsequently received the “Spirit of Advocacy” award by the FHA in 2013. He currently serves on the Regional Policy Board of the AHA.
Joe Gordy serves as Executive Vice President of Coastal Community Health in addition to serving as Flagler Hospital’s President & CEO, where he has been a part of the executive team at Flagler Hospital for more than 33 years. Under his leadership, Flagler Hospital has earned national accreditations for chest pain, stroke, joint replacements, bariatric surgery and cancer care – just to name a few. Flagler was also recently named one of the nation’s top 100 Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review.
In addition to his work at the hospital, Joe was the founding Chairman of the St. Johns County Education Foundation, and was elected twice to the School Board where he served as Chairman in 1998. In recognition of his commitment to education, the Education Foundation presents the Gordy Award, named in his honor, each year to an individual or business that has supported the school district by enhancing educational programs in the county.
Joe has also been President of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Committee of 100, and a member of the St. Johns County Economic Development Committee. His expertise, business acumen and commitment to the community were recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal, which named Joe Gordy a Northeast Florida Ultimate CEO for 2013.
Joe earned his Masters Degree from the College of Medicine and Public Health at the George Washington University, Washington, D. C. and has resided in Northeast Florida since 1979.
Michael D. Scherneck relocated to the Golden Isles in 2003 to assume the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer for Southeast Georgia Health System. In August 2015, the board of directors of Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. appointed Mr. Scherneck as president and chief executive officer, in addition to his continued role as CFO. Mr. Scherneck also serves as president of Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., which operates a number of employed physician practices throughout the Health System's service area.
Prior to joining Southeast Georgia Health System, Mr. Scherneck’s health care finance background included a series of progressive positions. He served as chief financial officer and senior vice president for the Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; chief fiscal officer and senior vice president with Susquehanna Health System; and vice president and chief fiscal officer of the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center, both in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Scherneck brings an obvious wealth of health care financial knowledge to Southeast Georgia Health System where he oversees the departments of Finance, Medical Records, Patient Accounting, Information Systems, Business Development and Materials Management.
Mr. Scherneck earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before earning a Master of Science degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Carlton DeVooght’s responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the Coastal affiliation, interactions with governmental agencies, and coordinating all legal actions and due diligence for the formation and operations of the affiliation. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. DeVooght served as Vice President, General Counsel/Government Relations for Southeast Georgia Health System for nine years. In this role, he oversaw the Legal, Real Estate, Medical Staff Services, Compliance, Risk Management, and Government Relations matters, as well as the Cancer Care Centers for the Health System.
Prior to coming in-house with the Health System, Mr. DeVooght was a partner with the law firm of Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, P.C. in Brunswick where he specialized in health care, corporate, regulatory and estate planning matters. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in history and then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. While an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, he earned the Georgia Varsity "G" as a four year letter winner on the Men's Varsity Swim Team, was a school record holder, and earned Honorable Mention All-American and Academic All-American honors. Mr. DeVooght earned his MBA with a Certification in Healthcare Management in May 2009 from Brenau University, and received the Leadership Award for all of Brenau's graduate programs.
Michael Hodges serves as Chair of Coastal Community Health as well as serving as a member of its Executive Committee. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. Board and as a member of the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority.
Appointed by the Glynn County Commission, Mr. Hodges has served on the Hospital Authority for eight years, four as chair. He has served on the Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. Board since May 1, 2015.
A native of Glynn County, Georgia, Mr. Hodges began his banking career with The First National Bank of Brunswick, now SunTrust Bank, as a branch manager and was quickly promoted to vice president and marketing director. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Hodges continued to advance his education and expand his knowledge of banking. He received his bachelor’s in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia and then went on to graduate from Georgia Bankers School, University of Georgia, C&S Commercial Lending School, Atlanta, Georgia, National Commercial Lending Graduate School, University of Oklahoma and, finally, The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware. For the past 21 years, Mr. Hodges has worked for Ameris Bank (formerly The First Bank of Brunswick) and currently serves the company as Market President and Director.
He is a leader in the community and is involved with many organizations. Mr. Hodges currently serves as vice chair of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, and secretary/treasurer of the Jekyll Island Authority. He is a past chair of The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, and past chair and campaign director for United Way. He is a graduate of Leadership Glynn and Leadership Georgia. He has also been involved with the Brunswick Kiwanis Club, American Cancer Society, and Boys Club of Glynn.
Matt Baker serves as Vice Chair of Coastal Community Health, and remains in services as a board member of Flagler Hospital. He has served in various leadership capacities at Flagler, including past Chairman of Flagler Health Services and past Board member of Flagler Health Care System.
Mr. Baker has been an employee of ThompsonBaker, Inc., an independent insurance brokerage, since 1998 and President of ThompsonBaker, Inc. since 2009.
He is extremely active in the community, as is a current Board member of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the St. Augustine Rotary Club, and having served as Past Board Chairman of the City of St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and St. Johns Academy. He also is Past Committee Chairman of Boy Scouts of America, Osceola District Nominating Committee and Past Treasurer of First America Foundation. Mr. Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Citadel in 1993.
Carol Thompson serves as the Chair of Coastal Community Health’s Strategic Planning Committee, and also is a member of the Baptist Health Board, serving as chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit, Executive, Pension, and Social Responsibility & Community Health Committees. She also serves on the Board of Baptist Medical Center Beaches.
Ms. Thompson is the former Executive Vice President of Baptist Health, responsible for system strategic planning, business development, human resources, and marketing/public relations. In her 25+ years at Baptist, she served in a variety of roles including Vice President of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Jacksonville. She had executive responsibility for the development of the Baptist Primary Care Network. Prior to joining Baptist, Ms. Thompson served in a variety of nursing administrative roles at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, New York. She earned a Diploma in Nursing, a B.A. in Political Science from the City University of New York, and a Master of Science in Allied Health Administration from the University of North Florida. Ms. Thompson was a member of the University of North Florida (UNF) Foundation Board and a charter member of the UNF Board of Trustees and its founding chair. In addition to chairing the boards of a number of organizations dedicated to improving community health, she was also active in the Jacksonville Area chamber of Commerce, becoming the first women to chair the organization in 2001.
Joe Barrow serves as a Coastal Community Health Board member in addition to serving as a member of the Baptist Health Board of Directors, which he joined in October 2005. In his role at Baptist Health, Mr. Barrow and serves as board vice chair; chair of the Baptist Health Physician Compensation Committee; and member of the Executive, Leadership & Compensation, Finance, and Governance Committees.
Mr. Barrow is the chief executive officer of The First Tee, a positive youth development organization. As CEO, Mr. Barrow provides strategic direction and executive oversight for all activities. Mr. Barrow joined The First Tee in 2000 and has since led the organization as it introduces the game of golf and its values to young people, particularly those not previously associated with the game.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has impacted more than 9 million young people in 50 states and 4 international locations. Through the chapter network, the National School Program, and the partnership with the Department of Defense, The First Tee has reached children at over 900 golf facilities, 6,000 elementary schools, and 120 military installations. Our newest initiative, The First Tee DRIVE (Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone) has exposed to The First Tee Nine Core Value behaviors to almost 200 youth-serving locations.
The success of The First Tee has been substantiated through independent research that reveals its impact on the lives of young people. Through The First Tee’s educational programs, young people learn life-enhancing values such as perseverance, integrity, judgment, and confidence using golf as the platform.
Prior to joining The First Tee, Barrow served as president and chief operating officer of IZZO Systems, Inc., directing all company operations, domestically and internationally.
Dr. Chally serves as a Coastal Community Health Board member and also serves the Baptist Health Board of Directors, which she joined in March 2013, and the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Board, which she joined in March 2012. She serves as chair of the Baptist Health Clinical Quality & Technology Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Dr. Chally is the Dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She oversees the administration of the Department of Public Health, the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, the School of Nursing and the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy. Prior to serving as Dean, she was the Associate Dean of the College and is a professor of nursing. She has a Ph.D. from Georgia State University, M.N. from Emory University, and a B.S.N. from the University of Illinois. Dr. Chally has worked as an academic administrator and nursing faculty member for over 35 years.
Dr. Chally serves on the Brooks System Board, Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board, WJCT Board of Trustees, and the Sulzbacher Center Board as well as participating in other community and professional organizations. She has thirty plus publications, primarily in the areas of nursing education and women’s health. She was named one of NE and Florida’s Great 100 Nurses. She was honored as a “Women of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal, was named the Distinguished Professor at the University of North Florida and received the EVE award for Education. In addition, she received the Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award, Transformational Leadership and Collaborative Engagement Award and the Health Source Inspiration Award.
Dr. Groover is a board-certified anesthesiologist with Florida Anesthesia Associates and is the immediate past chief of staff at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Dr. Groover earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
In addition to his medical training, Dr. Groover holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and most recently obtained his designation as a Certified Physician Executive from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.
Dr. Groover serves on the Baptist Health Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance and Clinical Quality & Technology Committee. Dr. Groover assumed the role of Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of the Baptist Physician Partners on October 1, 2015.
Dr. Mitchell Jones, board-certified internal medicine physician, serves as a Board member of Coastal Community Health. In addition, has served on the Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. Board since May 1, 2015. Dr. Jones was appointed to the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority in 2011 by the City of Brunswick and the Glynn County Commission.
Dr. Jones graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from University of Georgia before going on to earn his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory where he later completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiology. While at Emory, Dr. Jones was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Outstanding Resident Award in internal medicine. Since 1997, he has been a partner in the cardiology and internal medicine practice of Strickland, Certain & Jones in Brunswick and is on the medical staff at Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus.
Bill Kopf currently serves as Chairman of the Flagler Hospital Board of Trustees in addition to being a member of the Coastal Community Health Board.
Mr. Kopf has served on the Flagler Hospital board for the past seven years, most recently serving as Vice Chair prior to his current appointment. He also serves as Chairman of the hospital’s Information Technology/EMR Committee, is a member of the Investment & Finance Committee and has served on the Flagler Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees for six years.
Mr. Kopf brings tremendous leadership and breadth of experience to his governance roles, having held executive positions in the areas of operations, information technology, finance and sales with IBM for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Joanne Matukaitis is the Chair of the Quality Committee of the Coastal Community Health Board. A Brunswick resident, she was nominated to the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority in 2013 by the Glynn County Commission and has served on the Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. Board since May 1, 2015.
A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Mrs. Matukaitis has extensive clinical and leadership experience in cardiovascular nursing, most recently as director of Cardiovascular/Critical Care Patient Care Services at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, a position she retired from in June 2012.
After beginning her nursing career in 1979, Mrs. Matukaitis has experience in direct clinical care and nursing management. In 1991, she joined Christiana Health System where was progressively promoted to director of Cardiovascular/Critical Care Patient Care Services and in 2002, assumed leadership of all the hospital’s critical care, open heart and step-down nursing units.
Mrs. Matukaitis earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Delaware. She has been certified as a Nursing Executive through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation and The Advisory Board Council, Washington, D.C.
Named Trustee of the Year by Florida Hospital Association in October 2015, Richard Sisisky serves as a member of the Coastal Community Health Executive Committee and also serves on the Baptist Health Board of Directors, chairs the Finance Committee, and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees. In addition, he serves as a Director of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, and is currently chairing the Baptist Health Foundation’s capital campaign efforts.
Since 2003, Mr. Sisisky has been President of The Shircliff & Sisisky Company, a management consulting company. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ParkerVision, Inc. from 1998 to 2003; and as Managing Director/Owner of Shircliff Group from 1988-1998.
Mr. Sisisky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. Mr. Sisisky is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He has been a Director of Stein Mart, Inc. since June 9, 2003 and its Lead Director since 2011. He is Chair of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute, and was the Founding Chair of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission from 1993-1998. Mr. Sisisky also served as a Director of ParkerVision from 1998 to 2003, and is a former trustee of the Bolles School, WJCT Public Broadcasting, and Past President of the Jacksonville Jewish Federation and Past President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida.
Stuart A. Soroka, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Gastroenterology. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1990, Dr. Soroka attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine. From there he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine as well as his fellowship in gastroenterology at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Soroka joined G.I. Associates of St. Augustine in 2000. He has served on the Flagler Hospital Board of Directors since 2014. He is also an active member of First Coast Health Alliance, a physician hospital organization aimed at increasing the quality and efficiency of patient-centered care.
Robert Hill serves as a board member of Coastal Community Health, and is past chair of the Board of Directors at Baptist Health. He was named to the Baptist Health board in 2007 and has served on the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville board since 2006. Mr. Hill is vice chair of the board at Acosta and previously served as President and CEO at Acosta. He is a long-time sales and marketing professional who has served Acosta in a variety of key capacities since 1994. Before joining Acosta, he served as president of Siler Brokerage, a family business since 1927, and managed sales for numerous U.S. manufacturers such as Minute Maid, Clorox, Heinz, and Kellogg; Acosta acquired Siler in 1994. After a series of positions with increasing responsibility, he was appointed Acosta President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004. He became President and CEO on January 1, 2009.
Hill serves on numerous industry-related advisory boards and is active in the northeast Florida community. He serves on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, is a member of the Board of Trustees at Jacksonville University, the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Trustees of United Way of Northeast Florida. He is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville (2006).