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Chairman of Hospital Authority receives award
Hospital Authority Chairman Jon Long receiving Non-Profit Business Leader of the Year award from Chamber Executive Director Kenny Smiley. - photo by Submitted / Coastal Courier
For Hospital Authority of Liberty County Chairman Jon P. Long, this year's Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership and Awards Banquet proved to be rewarding.
The banquet, which was Jan. 10 at Club Stewart, was packed with Chamber members and others from the community. It was during this time that Long was recognized as the 2007 Non-Profit Leader of the Year.  
Based on Chamber guidelines, candidates for the award must be outstanding, non-profit leaders who personify the highest standards of ethics and practice. Nominees should demonstrate innovation in management and leadership as well as a high level of commitment to the advancement of their organization and the quality of life of Liberty County.
"Chairman Long is the epitome of these and many other characteristics which put him at the top of the list and earned him this prestigious award," Liberty Regional Medical Center CEO Scott Kroell said. "During his tenure as a trustee and as chairman of the hospital authority, Chairman Long has provided leadership and vision in a compassionate and caring manner. He consistently puts the health and well-being of the citizens of Liberty County above all else."
Kroell said Long also volunteers his time the hospital, Coastal Manor Nursing Home and Liberty/Long County EMS, but also also overseen growth at the hospital overseen by the authority.
"During his tenure, Liberty Regional Medical Center has experienced a 60 percent growth in patient services and has added nine physicians to the medical staff."  
Long said he surprised and humbled by the recognition.
He said, "It is a privilege to have the chance to represent the hospital in the community and to be able to work with the great group of doctors and employees of Liberty Regional Medical Center, Coastal Manor Long-Term Care Facility and Liberty Regional Emergency Medical Service."
In addition to his duties as chairman of the hospital authority, Long also helped in the creation of the new Diversity Health Clinic, for which he serves as vice chairman of the board of directors. He is a member of the Police Officers Benevolent Association, member of the American Association of State Troopers, member of the Police Officers Association of Georgia, deacon of First Baptist Church of Gum Branch as well as serving on the church's personnel, bylaws and cemetery committees.
Long is married to his wife of 25 years, Lisa, and has two daughters Lindsay and Melody and a son Brandon. His career has been with the Georgia State Patrol.
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