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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Appoints New Board Chair, Three New Directors


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.


Foundation Appoints Dr. Francis Tedesco as board chair, adds new directors
Dee Baldwin, PhD RN, FAAN, Arnold Tenenbaum and Lynn M. Thogersen, MHA

Atlanta, Georgia – January 18, 2008 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the appointment of Dr. Francis Tedesco as board chair and new board directors Dee Baldwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Arnold Tenenbaum and Lynn M. Thogersen, MHA.

"The wealth of experience and passion in health care and health policy that Dr. Tedesco brings to the Foundation are a tremendous asset to our organization, and we look forward to his guidance as we continue to address the most critical health needs of Georgia’s underserved populations,” said Foundation president, Gary D. Nelson. Dr. Tedesco served as the president of the Medical College of Georgia until his retirement in 2001 and joined the Foundation’s board in 2007.

The Foundation also appointed three new directors. Added Nelson, “We are pleased to welcome these distinguished community and business leaders to the Foundation’s board of directors. As Healthcare Georgia Foundation enters a new strategic phase of grantmaking, their dedication to advancing better health and health care will benefit all Georgians.”

About Francis J. Tedesco, MD
Augusta, GA

Francis J. Tedesco, MD, served as the President of the Medical College of Georgia from July 1, 1988 until his retirement in 2001. A graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine (cum laude), he is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine with a certification in gastroenterology. Dr. Tedesco has also served as Chairman of National Digestive Disease Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health, President of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and as Chairman of the Health Strategies Council (1992 – 2001), a position that studies and makes recommendations to the Governor on the health care needs of Georgians.

About Dee Baldwin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Dee Baldwin is the former executive director of Georgia’s State Office of Women’s Health in the Department of Community Health. A champion of women's health for more than a decade, Dr. Baldwin has a Master’s of Nursing from Emory University and a PhD in Higher Education from Georgia State University. Dr. Baldwin is also a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Leadership Program and American Academy of Nursing. She has received many awards in appreciation of her contributions to women's health, and was hailed as a local hero in the fight to eradicate breast cancer in 1998 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Dr. Baldwin is on the nursing faculty at Georgia State University and has dedicated her career to teaching new nurses and addressing the nursing shortage.

About Arnold Tenenbaum
Savannah, GA

Arnold Tenenbaum, Chairman of the Board, First Chatham Bank, Savannah, GA. A devoted civic leader, philanthropist, and former president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Arnold is among the state's most revered businessmen. Mr. Tenenbaum graduated from Dartmouth College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Following his 2003 retirement as President and CEO of Chatham Steel Corporation, he continues to maintain a highly active and visible role in the community through his service on many boards (including St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Country Day and Savannah Onstage). He also served the business community as a board member of such diverse companies as First Union Bank (now Wachovia), Georgia Lottery Commission, Savannah Electric and Power, and Savannah Foods.

About Lynn Thogersen, MHA
Decatur, GA

Lynn Thogersen has been providing health care policy and management services to women’s clinics, physicians and nonprofit corporations across the country through her own consulting firm since 1993. Ms. Thogersen has a Masters in Healthcare Policy and Management from Mercer University. In 1976, she co-founded and was administrator of the Feminist Women’s Health Center, a reproductive health center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Thogersen has expertise in regulation compliance, women’s health, human resource management and contract management. She is also a health care policy advocate and has monitored the Georgia State Legislature for Healthcare for a Lifetime, Georgians for a Common Sense Health Plan, Time for Community Coalition and the Georgia Mental Health Consumers Network. Ms. Thogersen has worked on the federal level with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and has received the Let’s Get together Inc. Award for Excellence in Service and Volunteerism and the Margaret Sanger Award for Leadership in Women’s Health.

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: