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Posted: Thursday, February 7th 2013 at 3:10pm

Habersham hospital CEO resigns

By Rob Moore Editor
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DEMOREST – After two lengthy closed-session meetings, the Hospital Authority of Habersham County has accepted the resignation of Habersham Medical Center CEO Dick Dwozan.

Dwozan came to the hospital more than two decades ago, and during his tenure has been active in the community.

“The Hospital Authority of Habersham County has accepted the resignation of Mr. Dick Dwozan as chief executive officer, effective immediately,” a statement from Authority Chairman Kenneth David Kerby states. “The authority is appreciative of Mr. Dwozan and his long tenure of service to our hospital and our community. We wish him and his family well as the hospital begins a new chapter in our history.”

The Thursday afternoon announcement followed a lengthy closed-door meeting of the authority in the hospital board room Wednesday night.

“Maintaining our viability as a hospital dedicated to serving and meeting the healthcare needs of northeast Georgia is our utmost priority,” the statement reads. “Our excellent staff and physicians, together with a committed board and outstanding facilities, provide us with the foundation for a bright future as we strive to become better in every aspect of our operations. We are excited to embark on this journey and eagerly embrace the challenges that lie before us.”

Dwozan joined then-Habersham County Medical Center in 1989. He was one of the founders, and on the board of directors, of Grace Gate, a nonprofit, Christ-centered medical clinic in Demorest, staffed by volunteers, that provides free primary care to low-income, uninsured, employed adults who do not qualify for public assistance.

He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Habersham County for more than 20 years, serving as club treasurer.

Former authority member Allen Smith acknowledged Dwozan’s years of contributions to the community.

“As a former member of the authority, I want to wish Dick and his family the best because he did provide a number of years of service to our county and to the hospital,” Smith said.

Authority Vice Chairman Michael Shirley echoed Smith’s comments about Dwozan.

“Mr. Dwozan has served this community through his work at Habersham Medical Center for a long time,” Shirley said. “We wish him well.”

Authority member Donald Anderson agreed.

“As far as Mr. Dwozan, I only knew him for a short period of time, but I know that he has done a lot for Habersham County during his many years with the hospital,” Anderson said. “I wish him luck in the future and thank him for his many years of service to the citizens.”

Following Dwozan’s resignation, a transition team is in place at the hospital.

“In the interim, authority member Jack Fulbright and HMC senior vice president of finance Jim Peterson and senior vice president of patient care services Janice McKenzie will be overseeing day-to-day operations, and the authority will be looking for a new CEO who can lead HMC into the future,” said HMC spokeswoman April James.

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