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WHO WE ARE

Children’s hospitals across the state of Georgia collaborating together with hospital system leaders.

The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition of Georgia, Inc. (PHIC), a collaboration between Georgia’s pediatric hospital systems, is a unique partnership that strives to advance healthcare of children in Georgia.

PHIC is a statewide endeavor, with a comprehensive statewide focus with the children’s hospitals which include:

Board of Directors

PHIC is governed by a 15 member board of directors that is geographically representative of hospital system leadership within the pediatric hospital systems.

Kathryn Cheek, MD

Chairperson; Columbus

Dan Salinas, MD

Vice-Chairperson; Atlanta

Natalie Lane, MD

Chief Medical Officer; Augusta

Michael Bossak, MD

Savannah

Barbara Brown, MD

Columbus

Brad Buckler, MD

Savannah

Will Cagle, MD

Augusta

Edward Clark, MD

Macon

Karen DeGood, MD

Atlanta

Valera Hudson, MD

Augusta

Matt Linam, MD

Atlanta

Heather Newsome

Savannah

Rebecca Reamy, MD

Columbus

Mitch Rodriguez, MD

Macon

Missi Upshaw

Macon

Jenny Wingard

Executive Director


PHIC’s main goal is to ensure that the five children’s hospitals in the State of Georgia provide the best possible care for all children in the state. Our efforts include improving the care, safety and sense of comfort of children and families in our hospitals and improving the hospital related activities and services. Related activities include things such as advocating for children in disaster plans, ensuring that medical transport teams understand the unique needs of children, and facilitating the ongoing care of children in our communities by working with physicians, schools & school nurses, and state agencies. Through all of these efforts PHIC’s over riding goal is for all children to be as healthy, happy and productive as they possibly can be!