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SGMC Honors Dr. Dawson as Health System Hero

South Georgia Medical Center recognized Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Steven Brian Dawson, MD, as its health system hero at the June Board of Trustees meeting. Dr. Dawson was honored for his significant impact on the health system over the past 12 years. ?

The Board presented Dr. Dawson with a Resolution outlining many of his accomplishments at SGMC to include establishing an accredited and nationally recognized stroke program,?launching a successful internal medicine residency program, guiding health system quality and accreditation initiatives, and serving as a trusted leader during the COVID-19 pandemic.??

Dr. Dawson is leaving his position at SGMC to pursue fellowship training in Neurocritical care at UF Health in Gainesville, Florida. Colleagues, board members, and leaders at SGMC expressed their gratitude for Dr. Dawson’s tireless work ethic and outstanding leadership.

President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Dean took a moment to share his appreciation for Dawson’s proactive approach to ensuring patients had access to healthcare during the pandemic. “Dr. Dawson led the Medical Staff and the clinical programs of our health system through unchartered and complex difficulties presented by the Public Health Emergency,” said Dean. “His firm and competent advice and leadership enabled our teams to rise above challenges and showcase our capability and willingness to serve this region.”

Dr. Dawson shared that it’s been an honor and privilege to serve this community. “It’s rare to have the opportunity to work with people who are so dedicated to the patients we serve,” he said. “To see how far we’ve grown in recent years has been a true testament to the character of the staff, physicians, volunteers, and leadership at SGMC.”

Community physician and Hospital Authority board member Dr. Brian Griner echoed the sentiment, sharing “Dr. Dawson is one of my dearest friends and someone I could always call on for his expertise. We will miss him greatly, and we are now challenged to continue to grow the legacy he built.”

Dr. Dawson received a standing ovation from those in attendance.


SGMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Dawson, President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald E. Dean, and the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County Board of Trustees

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