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Know Your Neighbor: Megan Morris

November 20, 2020 - 00:00
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Most people know Megan Morris for her work at Morgan Medical Center, but she is also the mom of two active boys, Leyton and Kaden.

Morris said she is one of those who were fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Morgan County. She grew up on a dairy farm in Newborn, an upbringing that led her to participate in 4-H and FFA and eventually led her to the University of Georgia where she got her degree in agricultural communications with minors in public relations and agribusiness.

When Megan and her husband Jeb married they knew that someday they wanted to start a family in a place like Morgan County.

“Even though neither of us worked in Morgan County at the time, we chose to buy our first home here and commuted to our jobs,” Morris said.

During college, Morris worked for Plexus Marketing Group and after graduation she spent three years as the operations manager at their Athens location. She then returned to her roots taking a position with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission where she oversaw contracts and grants by working with landowners on projects designed to help preserve soil and water resources.

“Ironically enough, healthcare was a field that I ‘knew’ I would never pursue when I thought about my career,” Morris said. “I associated the industry with all things I tired to avoid at all costs… shots, needles and blood. However, God took a horrible diagnosis and used it to open my eyes.”

While working at the GSWCC Megan’s grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“I was blessed to be working in Athens near her medical team and was able to go with her to her appointments and be her advocate when she couldn’t do it for herself. During this time I realized that it’s not just the clinical staff that have the opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s life. I watched as an admissions staff person or someone working in the financial services could turn her day around with the simplest of gestures or by showing compassion in trying to work through difficulties.”

One afternoon, Megan was sitting with her grandmother for her chemotherapy when she received a call from Chris Bonham, CEO of Morgan Memorial Hospital. Morris had never met him, wasn’t looking for a job and had no knowledge of an open position being created at the hospital the help with marketing and fundraising for a new hospital facility and that she had been recommended as someone he should talk to about applying.

“I loved my job and coworkers at GSWCC, but I truly felt there was a reason that I was being sought out about the position and that it was an opportunity for me to give back and make a difference for future generations while also working in the community where I was living,” Morris said.

That was 15 years ago and she has been an integral part of the Morgan Medical Center team for 15 years. She even saw that dream of a new hospital facility come to fruition, which she said has been a highlight of her career.

“Fundraising and generating support within the community was a key part of the dream becoming a reality, and I was very involved in that process,” Morris said. “It wasn’t an easy journey, but it was most definitely worth it. I have a great sense of pride in knowing I’ve had a part in making Morgan County a better place to live for my children and other generations to come.”

She said she’s not just proud of the physical structure but the additional services and capabilities the hospital now has. She’s grateful for the opportunity and excited about the plans for the future.

When she’s not working at the hospital at the Director of Development and Community Relations, where like many of the hospitals other staff members she wears a lot of hats, Megan can be found supporting her sons both of which have taken an interest in some of the same things she and her husband were a part of growing up.