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PGH Foundation introduces new board members

April 30, 2021 - 01:00
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    Blayre Waters Haley
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    DJ Waller
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    Kim Camp
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    Shazett Bullard
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    Wil Haley
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    Tommy McClain

Putnam General Hospital Foundation Executive Director Lisa Tubbs is pleased to announce that they have added six new Board members to the Foundation.

“We kicked off 2021 with passion and determination to meet and exceed our goals as a Foundation,” Tubbs said. “We live in an amazing community that relies on Putnam General Hospital to provide the best possible service and care, and our objective is to help with the financial needs through the Georgia HEART program as well as with events and donor cultivation. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve the lake country area as well as those who continue to move to our community.”

The Foundation Board’s newest members are; Kim Camp, Fire Chief Tommy McClain, DJ Waller, Wil Haley, Blayre Haley, and Shazett Bullard.

“We are very proud and excited to have such outstanding and invested members of our community willing to serve on the Foundation,” Tubbs said.

For more information on the Putnam General Hospital Foundation, please contact Lisa Tubbs Ltubbs@putnamgeneralhospital.com.

Blayre Waters Haley

Haley was born and raised in Richmond Hill. She graduated from Savannah Christian Preparatory School in 2010 and then went to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Blayre graduated with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Marketing.

Following college, Blayre moved to Atlanta to start her career with the advertising division of Comcast, now known as Effectv. She has worked as an account executive for over six years, assisting business owners with their marketing plans in the Atlanta market.

Blayre and her husband, Wil Haley, moved to Eatonton in 2018 and have enjoyed supporting the community in various ways. In additional to the hospital board, Blayre serves on the board for the Lake Oconee Food and Wine and Festival. She is honored to be serving on the Putnam General Hospital Foundation Board.

DJ Waller

Waller was born and raised in Eatonton. He graduated from Putnam County High School and later attended Georgia Southern University where he received his B.A. in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) and his Masters of Public Administration. While attending Georgia Southern University, he served as the graduate assistant coach for Georgia Southern Women’s Basketball as well as the graduate assistant for Program and Event Planning with the Office of Career and Professional Development. He has worked on several projects for Georgia Municipal Association which include: researching and discovering the strengths and weaknesses of current methods to recruit new businesses for the city of Eatonton as well as working along with the Georgia Municipal Golf Advisory Board to assist with marketing and promoting public golf courses across Georgia. He recently received the ICMA Local Government Early Career Certificate. He now serves as the Tourism Coordinator and Film Liaison for the City of Covington.

Quote: “I’m extremely grateful and honored to have the opportunity to serve on this board and constantly seek ways to leave a positive impact on an integral piece of our community, which is Putnam General Hospital.”

Kim Camp

In the fall of 1990, at the age of 23, Kim and her husband Tim moved to Eatonton to begin their dairy business. This was the humble beginning of a lifetime of hard work and perseverance in the dairy industry. Kim continued to work during the day at the Bank of Monticello and would help on the dairy during the afternoons and weekends as they worked together to build their business Later they built Zaxby’s in Eatonton.

Kim speaks of how thankful she is that “God transplanted them in the best place on earth”. Kim, being a small town farm girl already, quickly rooted her life on their farm and fell in love with Eatonton. Kim and her husband began their family of three, all of whom live in Eatonton and are now part of the family business. Kim’s family also shares her love and support of this community where they all work and are very active in the community. Kim is most proud of her family. Every moment spent with them and the grandchildren bring her the most joy.

Kim is a very active member at First Baptist Eatonton where she currently serves as the chair of deacons and on numerous committees within the church. Kim wraps her world around her church and considers the members there as her family as well. Serving God and loving others is what makes her life complete. On any given day she can be found somewhere between her home, her children’s home or her church.

One aspect of this community Kim is most passionate about is PGH. For the past 31 years this hospital has played a major roll in caring for her and her family. The hospital is only five minutes from her home and has always administered excellent care in an emergency, imaging or even surgical need. In the time of a medical emergency nothing is more comforting than a medical staff who cares and goes beyond their job description to help. This is the care Kim has always received and most times by a familiar face at PGH. She can’t count the times she has experienced all aspects of health care that PGH offers. Kim has a desire to insure the longevity of PGH for her families needs and the medical needs in this community she loves dearly. Kim wishes to give back to the community that has given so much to her so to help secure the future of this hospital is dear to her heart.

Shazett Bullard

Born and raised in Eatonton, Shazett Bullard graduated from the Putnam County Charter School System and is the Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court for Putnam County, where she has dedicated over 21 years of service to her community. In her role as Chief Deputy she serves the citizens of Putnam County by working alongside Clerk Trevor Addison in managing the Superior, State and Juvenile Court Offices.

A mother of two amazingly smart children who are 12 and 3 years old, Shazett loves her family, her hometown and this great community of which she grew up in.

“Eatonton, Georgia – Putnam County is where my roots were planted,” Bullard said. “This community helped me flourish into the woman I am today.”

Shazett was recently appointed to the Putnam General Hospital Foundation Board, which is comprised of volunteers who have a mission to improve healthcare in the community through purchase of medical equipment to benefit patient care.

“I recently opened an email from the Foundation Board that said I was nominated and voted on to become a board member,” Bullard said. “I was very excited and nervous at the same time. Putnam General Hospital holds a very special spot in my heart. PGH is one of Putnam County’s important anchors, and I feel the hospital has the potential to be one of the greats in a small town. As I learn more about my role as a board member on the PGH Foundation Board, I hope to be able to encourage and educate the younger community in Putnam County as to why it’s so important to support our hospital. I truly believe we must continue to pass the torch to continue standing Putnam proud.”

Wil Haley

Haley is native of Eatonton, graduating from Gatewood Christian Schools in 2009.

He then continued his Education at Georgia Southern University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and served as President of his Fraternity . While at Georgia Southern, he met his now wife, Blayre Waters Haley, who is serving on the Hospital Foundation Board as well.

After graduation, he accepted a job with OTR Capital in Roswell. Wil served in many roles at OTR Capital over five years before he was approached with the opportunity to return to Eatonton and work with his family at The People’s Bank. Wil’s role at the People’s Bank is serving as a Commercial Loan officer, in addition to leading the banks many community activities.

Since returning to Eatonton, Wil has become involved in several community organizations, among them are; the Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, and Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.

Tommy McClain

Tommy McClain was raised in Eatonton. and is a 1988 graduate of Putnam County High School. His mother proudly worked at Putnam General Hospital for over 27 years. He began his career in the fire service in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter with the City if Eatonton Fire Department. He worked as an electrician helper during the renovation and addition of Putnam General Hospital in 1990 and 1991. He became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1991 and a Paramedic in 1993. He worked at Putnam County EMS for three years spending countless hours at Putnam General Hospital performing EMS duties. He went on to begin a career as a firefighter in larger communities in 1994 never losing sight of his roots in Putnam County. Tommy returned to his home town in 2019 with his wife Wendy and their family. In March of 2020 he was given the opportunity to retire from his position as a shift commander with Henry County Fire Department after 24 years and serve as Chief of Putnam County Fire Department, a role that he has great passion for and views as an opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to him.

When given the opportunity to serve on the PGH Foundation Board Tommy gladly accepted, viewing the nomination as an opportunity to be a part of the continued legacy of the hospital that had been such a great influence on the direction of his life. “I firmly believe that the continued success of Putnam General Hospital is a vital part of our community,” McClain said. “I see great potential and will work diligently to develop and foster new ideas to promote growth and excellence within our local healthcare system.”

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