SYLVESTER -- Kim Gilman, a Worth County native, was chosen on Feb. 11 to be the new chief administrative officer for Phoebe Worth Medical Center in Sylvester.
The position essentially means that Gilman is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital.
"It's an awesome responsibility," she said. "There are a lot of good things at Phoebe Worth. I want to take those things and make them better."
In the coming months, Gilman said some of the changes she would look into for the hospital include putting in more integration of technology for patient safety and increasing community involvement.
"I'm ready to get started," she said.
The former chief nursing officer said she also has plans to hire someone to fill her old position. For the past two years, she has also served as director of Phoebe Worth Emergency Medical Services -- a position she will continue to hold for the time being.
Before joining Phoebe, she served as chief nursing officer, director of support services and staff nurse at Baptist Hospital Worth County for five years. Her first nursing position was as a staff nurse in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's emergency center from 1992-97.
"I think I stood out because of the leadership and direction I had given for 13 years," Gilman said.
Gilman is completing a master's degree in organizational leadership at LaGrange College, where she earned a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership. She earned an associate's degree in nursing from Abraham Baldwin College.
She serves on the advisory board of Albany Community Hospice and the Worth County High Schools Health Occupations Education Program. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and has volunteered with the Southwest Georgia Therapeutic Riding Center in Leesburg.
Her position was previously held by Keith Petersen, now CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.