Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System have formed Coastal Community Health—a contiguous health network spanning from Brunswick to Jacksonville. 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
Brett McClung, FACHE, serves as the CEO of Coastal Community Health in addition to serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health. Previously, McClung served as the executive vice president and chief operations leader for the North Zone of Texas Health Resources, comprised of nine hospitals and more than 150 points of care, including outpatient diagnostic/surgery centers, imaging centers, sports medicine sites, primary and specialty physician practices, behavioral health and home health care.
Prior to this role, McClung served as the president of hospitals in suburban and large urban markets; vice president of ambulatory services; and director/network manager of the Harris Methodist Texas Health Plan. He was associated with Texas Health Resources and Harris Methodist since 1993.
During his tenure at Texas Health Resources, McClung led many transformational efforts, accelerated the adoption of best practices and achieved top rankings in patient safety and satisfaction, employee partnership and physician alignment. Under his leadership, North Zone hospitals have been listed multiple times in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work and have received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group.
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.
Scott Baity was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Baptist Health in January 2018. A board-certified specialist in Health Law, Baity advises senior executives, including Baptist Health President and CEO Hugh Greene, FACHE, and the boards of directors for the health system and its hospitals on business agreements and strategies, legal risks, compliance, regulatory and other law-related matters.
Baity began his Baptist career as a staff attorney in 1996 before being promoted to associate general counsel in 2003, and deputy general counsel in January 2017. A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and the University of Florida, Baity has been named one of Jacksonville’s Top Lawyers in Healthcare since 2012 and was named one of Jacksonville’s Ultimate Attorneys by The Jacksonville Business Journal in 2018. Prior to becoming general counsel, he was recognized in 2017 as one of the nation’s top assistant general counsels by the First Chair organization.
Baity is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of The Arc Jacksonville, and serves on the Board of Legal Specialization and Education of The Florida Bar, which oversees the awarding of board certification to Florida attorneys.
Christy D. Jordan joined Southeast Georgia Health System in early 2012 as staff attorney; her title and responsibilities changed to assistant general counsel and director, Risk Management, in August 2012. Ms. Jordan was promoted to Vice President, General Counsel/Government Relations in 2014. As general counsel, she provides legal services to Health System management and its Boards, and oversees the Legal, Compliance, Risk Management, Quality and Service Excellence departments.
Prior to joining the Health System, Ms. Jordan was in private practice for eight years with nationally recognized health law practices, most recently with Arnall, Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta. Ms. Jordan has represented hospitals and health systems, hospice and long-term care providers, home health agencies, durable medical equipment suppliers, physician groups, private investors and other institutions that invest in or support the healthcare industry. Ms. Jordan is also licensed as a registered nurse, a background that gives her a unique perspective and understanding of health care legal issues.
In 2014, Ms. Jordan was one of eight lawyers nationwide to be selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program for the Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Ms. Jordan graduated summa cum laude from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing and earned her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association. She currently serves as secretary of the Hospice of the Golden Isles Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker to community and legal groups on health care legal issues.
John A. Milazzo III, CPA, relocated to the Golden Isles in July 2019 to become the Southeast Georgia Health System vice president/chief financial officer (CFO), bringing more than 30 years of health care experience with progressive leadership and administrative roles.
As CFO, Mr. Milazzo’s focus is on optimizing the Health System’s financial strategy in tandem with excellence in patient care and health outcomes. His areas of responsibility include finance and accounting, information systems, patient financial services, patient access, supply chain services, medical records and resource management.
Before joining the Health System, Mr. Milazzo served as the chief financial officer for St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Prior to that, he was the chief financial officer at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He also held a variety of roles within Health Management Associates, Inc., serving hospitals in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Milazzo received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and earned his certified public accounting license from the state of Alabama.
As senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief quality officer of Baptist Health, Dr. David Rice responsible for oversight of clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement, across a network of more than 200 points of care. This includes oversight of all quality and safety data submitted to external governing, accrediting, and regulatory agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Joint Commission. Prior to being named chief medical officer and chief quality officer, Dr. Rice led tremendous success the organization’s chief quality officer, providing strategic direction to advance quality and safety initiatives across inpatient and outpatient settings.
Under his leadership, all adult hospitals in the system attained Leapfrog Hospital Safety “A” grades and Wolfson Children’s Hospital was named as one of 10 Top Children’s Hospitals in the nation. The efforts he championed also increased Hospital Compare star ratings to “4 star” and “5 star” hospitals. Other notable health system recognitions include the “2017 100 Top Hospitals” and “2017 Everest Award” by Truven Health Analytics, “2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award” by Healthgrades and “Magnet Designation for Excellence in Patient Care.”
Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Rice joined Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville as a hospitalist in 2001, and has served in successive leadership roles including medical director of utilization management and the founding chief medical officer of Baptist Physician Partners (BPP), a clinically integrated network of more than 900 local providers.
Dr. Rice has a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He completed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center and was also chief resident of Internal Medicine.
Rick J. Tresmond has more than 30 years of experience in the health care setting. He was named vice president of Supply Chain Management for Coastal Community Health in July 2017 with responsibility for the overall strategy of supply chain operations for Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System.
He oversees leadership, direction and accountability for supply expense management and all supply chain functions, along with the value analysis process, insuring quality and cost analysis for all new and existing products. He also provides oversight of a new technology process, where his team interacts with physicians to evaluate new products and determine their ROI. Warehousing, receiving, delivery, mailroom, and courier also fall under his span of control.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, he was vice president of Supply Chain Management for Kaleida Health, a five-hospital system in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.
He began his health care career in 1988 as an intravenous pharmacy technician after serving four years as a pharmacy specialist in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from SUNY Empire State College, and is a GE Six Sigma Green Belt. He attended the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management Supply Chain Leadership Institute in 2011 and 2012.
Scott Wooten, FACHE, joined Baptist Health in 2014 after serving as Chief Financial Officer at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, Neb., from 2005 to 2013 and with AdventHealth in years prior. Wooten began his more than 30-year career in corporate finance with Price Waterhouse in Denver, Colo. After serving in lead roles for a two-hospital health system in Dayton, Ohio, he went on to serve in senior roles as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with health systems in Texas, Florida and Nebraska.
At Baptist Health, Wooten serves as the strategic advisor to the CEO and is a senior staff member to the board of directors, serving on such committees as patient quality and safety, finance, investment, audit and compliance, pension, leadership and compensation, and the CEO physician advisory. He has helped achieve a Standard & Poor’s AA Stable Outlook bond rating, and serves a key executive role in the strategic relationships with Southeast Georgia Health System, Coastal Community Health, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Walgreens.
A native Nebraskan, Wooten earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
As part of his community involvement, Wooten serves board chair of the American Heart Association’s First Coast board of directors, as treasurer and board chair-elect of the Cathedral Arts Project and is a past treasurer and board member of the Cultural Council of Jacksonville. He is also involved with a number of community activities supporting Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the United Way. He was recently named an Ultimate CFO by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Robert C. Turner is owner and president of Turner & Associates Insurance, which has offices in Brunswick and St. Simons Island. He started his insurance career in 1985 with Atlanta-based Palmer & Cay, rising to branch manager in 1997 before acquiring his own firm in 2003. He holds a Georgia Property and Casualty license, and licenses in Life and Health and Surplus Lines. He also holds a Charted Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, along with many non-resident licenses. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration marketing from the University of Georgia and serves on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia.
An active member of his community for more than 25 years, Turner is past president of the Brunswick Rotary Club, formerly director of the Golden Isles Home Builders Association, a member of the Glynn County Water & Sewer Administration and a charter member of the City of Brunswick Audit Committee, serving as its chairman for two years.
A member of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church Leadership Forum, Turner is a former board member of The Gathering Place, a community-based youth ministry, and a past board member and founding member of the Golden Isles Emmaus. He and his wife, Betsy, have three children and are members of The Chapel, a United Methodist Church in Brunswick.