New CEO named for Baldwin County hospital acquired by Navicent Health

Darren Pearce
Darren Pearce

Pearce named CEO of Navicent Health Baldwin

Darren Pearce has been named the chief executive officer at Navicent Health Baldwin, the former Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville.

A Florida native, Pearce is a veteran of the Navy. After earning his BSN and MBA from Valdosta State University, he began his career in health care at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta as a surgical/neurological intensive care nurse before accepting a position as director of nursing at Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville.

Pearce later moved to Macon to become director of nursing for HealthSouth Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, now known as Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health. He was named executive director of the hospital in 2013. Two years later, he was named chief administrative officer of the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health. In 2016, he was named vice president of ambulatory services for Navicent Health and interim chief administrative officer for Monroe County Hospital. A year later, he was named senior vice president of Rural Health Network, Navicent Health and chief executive officer of Navicent Health Baldwin.

Pearce is the former president of the Georgia Organization of Nursing Leadership for the central Georgia region. Within Navicent Health, he has received the Quarterly Leadership Award as well as the Superhero Award for clinical excellence.

Medical director named for Navicent Health and Emory’s new partnership

Omar Lattouf
Omar Lattouf

Dr. Omar Lattouf, professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, has been named medical director of the new cardiothoracic surgical partnership between Navicent Health in Macon and Emory Healthcare. Lattouf will serve as vice president for cardiac innovation and outreach.

A graduate of Emory University, Lattouf began practicing at Emory in 1985. He is a cardiac surgeon with experience in complex cardiac procedures.

He will work with Navicent Health’s current CT surgical team. He recently trained Navicent Health physicians on the new minimally invasive Convergent procedure to treat patients suffering from long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation.

Lattouf will begin transitioning into his new role at Navicent Health in early 2018.

Warner Robins native named GM of Lowe Toyota

Jeremy Smith, a Warner Robins native and grandson of dealer Wayne Lowe, has been named general manager of Lowe Toyota in Warner Robins. After completing the NADA program and fulfilling all requirements from Toyota Motor Corp., Smith will run the day-to-day operations of the dealership.

During his eight-month stint as general manager in training, Smith led the store to 120 percent of its objective and oversaw some of the biggest sales months in the dealership’s history.

Toyota certifies individuals as general managers only after certain conditions have been met by the individual and a thorough training process has been completed.

Wayne Lowe will remain the dealer and still be involved in the dealership’s operations.

Warner Robins Oral History Project wins award

The Warner Robins Oral History Project was recently presented with the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development by or in a local government repository.

The oral history project resulted in 85 files containing 43 hours of video interviews with families in the Warner Robins community. These interviews are now available on hard drives through the Houston County Public Library system and online worldwide via Georgia HomePLACE and the Digital Library of Georgia.

Since Warner Robins is a relatively young town, having been developed during World War II around a newly created aviation logistics depot, it presented a special opportunity to record interviews with individuals who were there from the town's birth and inspired a community effort to save those memories.

Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council works to promote the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage and to support efforts to improve the condition of records statewide.

Milledgeville dentist named American Dental Association trustee

John Harrington
John Harrington

John Harrington Jr., a Milledgeville dentist, was recently installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association.

Harrington will serve as the trustee from the 5th district, which encompasses Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The ADA board of trustees formulates and reviews policies and programs and makes recommendations to the members of the ADA’s governing body, the house of delegates. As a member of the ADA board of trustees, he will play a major role in the organization’s objective to be America’s leading advocate for oral health.

Harrington has been a member of the ADA since 1984 and has been a member of the house of delegates since 2008. He also is a member of the Georgia Dental Association and involved with numerous other dental organizations.

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