U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, has been named among the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend. (Albany Herald file photo)
ALBANY —At least three Southwest Georgians appear in the latest edition of Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians,” including a health system CEO and two congressmen.
Joel Wernick, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, has made the list for the eighth consecutive year. The list appears in the magazine’s January 2014 edition, and also features U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie.
In Wernick’s profile, the magazine focuses on the care provided to the region under the leadership of the 25-year CEO, specifically emphasizing access to the area’s only neonatal intensive care, cardiovascular surgery and radiation oncology service.
“[These services are provided] to all residents of Southwest Georgia, regardless of circumstance,” Georgia Trend reported, “He’s managing in interesting times, during what he terms a tidal wave of change to health delivery systems.”
Wernick, 59, has been named to the list since 2006, and in 2010 was among Georgia Trend’s picks for the state’s top 25 leaders.
Bishop, 66, is currently serving his 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Second Congressional District of Georgia, an area covering 29 counties in the middle and southwestern portion of the state.
“A leader among the fiscally responsible Democrats in Congress, he seeks to use the legislative process to promote jobs and a stronger, more diversified economy,” the magazine’s profile on him says.
Chambliss, 70, is the senior senator representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate. He is currently serving his last term in office, announcing nearly a year ago that he would not be seeking re-election. In the profile from Georgia Trend, the magazine highlights the services he has given to Congress through his committee memberships.
“When Chambliss retires this year, he’ll leave behind a legacy of bipartisanship and service on the Senate Armed Services Committee; Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Senate Rules Committee; Senate Special Committee on Aging; and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where, as vice chairman, he steadfastly advocates for dramatically improved information sharing and human-intelligence-gathering capabilities,” the profile said.
This is the 16th edition in which Georgia Trend has published the annual list.