Veteran banker joins Perry bank

Janet Thompson
Janet Thompson

Janet Thompson joins Planters First Bank in Perry

Veteran banker Janet Thompson has joined Planters First Bank on Sam Nunn Boulevard in Perry.

Thompson has 20 years of banking experience in the Perry area and was most recently employed by the Bank of Perry. She previously served in various roles with State Bank and Trust Co. and its predecessors, Security Bank and Crossroads Bank.

Founded in 1896, Planters is the eighth oldest financial institution in Georgia. As of June 30, the bank reported total assets of $299.7 million and total equity of $26.9 million.

Macon library director named to state association

Middle Georgia Regional Library Director Jennifer Lautzenheiser has been elected as vice president/president-elect of the Georgia Library Association.

Lautzenheiser has been a member of the Middle Georgia Regional Library staff since January 2015. She will officially assume her duties of vice president in January 2018 and president in January 2019.

The library association is an organization of more than 800 librarians, trustees, paraprofessionals and friends representing school, public, academic and special libraries.

The Middle Georgia Regional Library serves six counties across Middle Georgia.

Library names community engagement coordinator

Saul Hernandez has been named community engagement coordinator for the Middle Georgia Regional Library. He will oversee the delivery of library outreach services.

This is a continuation of the library system’s commitment to eliminating barriers to information. Hernandez’s initial contribution to library services was the introduction of Spanish language story times in September.

Community engagement services were developed in response to community interest in increased access to library service.

Anyone interested in scheduling story times, computer classes or other informational events at their location should contact Hernandez at 478-744-0878 or by email at

Two Macon attorneys named to best criminal lawyers list

Keagan Waystack and Floyd Buford Jr. were nominated and accepted as “best criminal law attorneys for client satisfaction” by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

The group is a third-party attorney rating organization. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass the institute’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and its own independent evaluation.

Selection criteria focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.

Both in Macon, Waystack is with Bushway & Waystack, and Buford has his own firm, Floyd Buford Attorney at Law.

Coliseum Northside Hospital recognized as best for spine surgery

Coliseum Northside Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within spine surgery. The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation.

Coliseum Northside also received a Healthgrades 5-Star rating for spinal fusion surgery as well as hip fracture treatment. It’s the second year in a row that the hospital has received the 5-Star rating for spinal fusion.

Navicent Health recognized by organization; Saunders begins term as chairwoman

Macon-based Navicent Health was recognized as Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.

Also, Ninfa Saunders, Navicent Health president/CEO, recently began her term as chairwoman of the statewide organization.

The annual Hospital of the Year award recognizes the impact a hospital has had both on individual patients and the overall quality of life in the community it serves.

Navicent Health was recognized specifically for its proactive approach to addressing disparities in outcomes for patients with issues such as cardiovascular disease and COPD, as well as the new MedLaw program created in partnership with Georgia Legal Services and Mercer University. The program assists patients and their families with nonmedical issues that create barriers to health.

Rigby’s recognized as Business of the Month

Rigby's Entertainment Complex was recognized as the October Business of the Month by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rigby’s was selected by the chamber’s business development committee.

The complex, which opened about four years ago, is being expanded, and a water park is in the final stages of being built and is set to open in spring 2018. Future projects include two hotels, a restaurant, convention center and amphitheater.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz