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
Michael A. Mayo, DHA, FACHE, currently serves as the interim CEO of Baptist Health. He most recently served as the hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. According to U.S. News & World Report, Baptist Jacksonville is ranked in the top 5% of all hospitals in Florida, and has achieved ‘A’ ratings from the Leapfrog Group year after year for its outstanding commitment to safety and quality care.
During his career, Mayo has served as CEO of Orange Park Medical Center, Frankfort Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville as well as president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center and the flagship facility of the Methodist Health System. From 1989 to 1999, Mayo held progressive leadership positions with Baptist Health System of Birmingham, Ala., where he first joined as an administrative fellow.
Mayo earned his Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, his Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University and his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama. He is board certified in Health Care Management and a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He was elected to the Board of Governors of the ACHE Class of 2022. Mayo has served as the ACHE Regent for Florida – Northern and Western; on the Healthcare Executive Editorial Board; on the Regents Advisory Council.
He serves in various community leadership positions, including chairman of the University of North Florida Healthcare Administration Advisory Board and adjunct professor, Master of Health Administration program at UNF Brooks College of Health.
In January 2022, Scott Raynes, MBA, M.A. joined Southeast Georgia Health Systems as its president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Prior to joining the Health System, Mr. Raynes served as president of Baptist Hospitals, Inc. and executive vice president of Baptist Healthcare Corp in Pensacola, Florida.
During his Tenure he led the northwest Florida and south Alabama’s largest health system which include five hospitals and residency and fellowship programs in orthopedics, internal medicine, primary care, sports medicine, cardiology and anesthesia. The System is a national leader in patient satisfaction with over half of the hospitals in the U.S. Visiting for advice and consultation.
Raised in West Virginia, Mr. Raynes earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia Institute of Technology, his master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in health care from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in higher education and counseling from Morehead State University.
Mr. Raynes is a past president of the Tennessee Hospital Association and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on many local boards of directors and held several volunteer roles in communities where he has lived.
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.
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.
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.
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.