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Coastal Manor executive in leader class
Elise Stafford - photo by File photo
Elise Stafford, director of Coastal Manor long-term skilled nursing facility in Ludowici, recently was accepted into the Georgia Hospital’s Association Leadership Class of 2010-11.
Stafford was one of only 22 hospital employees in Georgia to be accepted into the program.
“I am thankful to Scott Kroell (Liberty Regional Medical Center CEO) for affording me the opportunity in participating in GHA’s leadership program,” Stafford said.
The leadership program begins this fall and runs for six months. A variety of techniques will be used to educate attendees about the diverse issues surrounding the state’s health-care system, GHA spokesman Kevin Bloye said. The program includes workshops, conferences, panel discussions and field trips to hospitals and health-care facilities around the state.
As participants develop their leadership skills, they are encouraged to use their new knowledge to improve health-care systems and their individual communities, Bloye said.
 “GHA’s leadership training will provide opportunities to expand my knowledge base beyond LRMC’s health-care organization by studying the impact of healthcare throughout our state,” Stafford said. “The knowledge acquired through the GHA leadership training will be applied locally within Liberty Regional’s health-care organization … it will also allow me to facilitate implementation of Mr. Kroell’s vision to expand LRMC’s long-term care division, which continues serving residents in Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.”
Stafford has been with LRMC for 17 years and has managed Coastal Manor since 2000. She has an undergraduate degree in health-care services from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working on her master’s degree in health-care administration.
The GHA was established in 1929 and is the state’s leading trade organization of hospitals and health systems. It serves more than 180 hospitals and health systems in the state, and advocates health-policy issues for Georgia residents.
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