MARIETTA — WellStar Health System announced on Friday that Melissa Box, MSN, RN, CCRN, has been promoted to vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer for WellStar Douglas Hospital; and Betsy Brakovich, MPA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been promoted to vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer for WellStar Windy Hill Hospital.
Box has been with WellStar Health System for 23 years. Before her promotion, Box served as the assistant vice president of special projects. She earned a Master of Science in nursing health care leadership and administration from Kennesaw State University.
Box is a former president and current member of the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A national award recipient, Box has received two Voluntary Hospitals of America Clinical Excellence awards.
Brakovich earned her master of nursing, with a concentration in nursing leadership and administration, from the University of Southern Indiana. She is currently working toward her doctorate in nursing practice with a focus in nursing administration at the University of Southern Indiana. Before Brakovich’s advancement to CNO/VP, she served as the director of clinical services at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital, where she oversaw seven departments.
Before joining WellStar in 2008, Brakovich worked as a nurse manager at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Brakovich is a current member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurses Executives and Sigma Theta Tau.
Physician among ‘Top Doctors’
EAST COBB — Dr. Patrice T. Gaspard, who practices at the Kaiser Permanente East Cobb Medical Office, has been placed on Atlanta Magazine’s list for Atlanta’s “Top Doctors.”
Each year, independent health care research firm Castle Connolly asks physicians across metro Atlanta to nominate doctors they feel exhibit exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patient care. The results are compiled in the annual “Top Doctors” list, which is featured in the July edition of the magazine.
Gaspard, who joined Kaiser Permanente in 1997, specializes in pediatrics and pediatric surgery. A graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine, she is recognized for her expertise in adolescent and preventive medicine.
Georgia Gwinnett College VP Gordon Harrison retires
MARIETTA — Gordon Harrison, one of Georgia Gwinnett College’s original cabinet members and vice president, retired Friday.
Harrison, of Marietta, joined GGC in January 2006 after being appointed by the chancellor of the University System of Georgia to serve on the management team overseeing the college’s creation.
“Dr. Harrison was one of three employees at the beginning of GGC’s history,” said President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We had a budget of less than $1 million and the challenge of founding a new college. Today, we have 750 employees, almost 6,000 students and a budget of $60 million. He has contributed in many ways to the growth and success of this institution, and we are very grateful for his good work.”
Harrison contributed to the formation of both the academic and management structure of the institution, including hiring critical positions. As the college grew, Harrison settled into his duties as vice president for advancement and soon was elected by the Board of Trustees of the GGC Foundation as that organization’s charter president. He has been responsible for the development, public affairs and external affairs functions, as well as the growth and management of the foundation.