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Newton Medical team represents a century of service

The Newton Medical Center executive team, which includes from left, Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Administrator of Fiscal Services Troy Brooks, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Valentine, Chief Executive Officer/Administrator James Weadick and Director of Human Resources Greg Richardson, offers a combined 100 years of executive experience at the hospital.

The Newton Medical Center executive team, which includes from left, Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Administrator of Fiscal Services Troy Brooks, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Valentine, Chief Executive Officer/Administrator James Weadick and Director of Human Resources Greg Richardson, offers a combined 100 years of executive experience at the hospital.

Newton Medical Center recently announced a milestone in its history -- 100 years of executive longevity. The hospital boasts a four-person executive team that has more than 100 years of combined experience in medical operations at the facility.

Established in 1954, NMC is a 97-bed nonprofit hospital serving Newton County and the surrounding areas.

James Weadick, NMC administrator and chief executive officer, has been with the hospital since July 1984, almost 28 years.

"I am extremely proud of the staff we have assembled. The level of compassion, vision and medical expertise is unsurpassed," Weadick said in a press release. "We continue to push the boundaries as a team and share our vision for forward thinking to our entire staff. Inspiration is the seed of innovation and we constantly aspire to be the best we can be and provide superior clinical care to those we serve."

Weadick's background includes an accounting degree from the College of Santa Fe. He served three years in the Army, including one year in Vietnam, and achieved the rank of captain. After his time in the military, he completed a master of science degree in hospital administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

He then worked in hospital administration at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn. Weadick also earned a law degree from Atlanta Law School in order to enhance his role as a hospital administrator.

Weadick is responsible for reporting to the board of directors the clinical and business operations of the hospital, as well as ensuring fulfillment of the hospital's mission to the community.

"I have experienced many professional milestones over the years, such as recruiting and maintaining exceptional physicians and staff and physical expansions of the facility," Weadick said.

Troy Brooks, NMC assistant administrator of fiscal services/chief financial officer, joined the hospital in 1986. In addition to his financial duties, Brooks is responsible for the construction related improvements to the facility. Most recently, NMC completely renovated its BirthCare unit and added a neo-natal intensive care unit.

"Some of the biggest challenges we face are the constant changes to healthcare including managed care, physician recruiting and ever-changing payment systems," said Brooks in a press release. "We are striving constantly to face these challenges head-on and find creative solutions that benefit the hospital, our patients, the physicians and our staff."

Approaching her 24th year at NMC and having worked as a nurse since 1974, Barbara Valentine is the hospital's chief nursing officer in charge of the patient care program. She emphasizes the importance of outstanding service in meeting both inpatient and outpatient needs.

"It is a privilege and an honor to be able to care for our patients and know that we have helped them and their families through happy days, as well as sad and difficult times," Valentine said in the release.

Greg Richardson is the director of human resources for NMC and he arrived at the hospital in 1987. Richardson's goal is to create a culture of outstanding customer service and to institute policies that support a high level of employee involvement, according to the press release.

In 2010, NMC started using the Six Sigma quality improvement process, which has led to significant changes at the hospital. With over 46,000 annual emergency room visits, NMC streamlined its operations to reduce the amount of wait time the average patient experiences in the ER and to improve their overall visit.

NMC was also recognized by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival for surpassing the national average for successful cardiac arrest outcomes.

In December, NMC was re-accredited by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit health care improvement organization.

NMC also received the American College of Radiation Gold Standard of Accreditation in Nuclear Medicine for a three-year term, which helps in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

NMC has been recognized with the following awards:

-- 5-Star HealthGrades rating in Pulmonary Care -- COPD and Pneumonia, 2011

-- Georgia Hospital Association Chairman's Award "Right Care Every Time" Initiative Core Measures, 2011

-- CareChex Award, 2011

-- SterilMed Inc. Environmental Excellence Best Practices, 2011

-- 5-Star HealthGrades rating in Stroke, 2011

-- HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, 2011

-- City of Covington Outstanding Tree Steward Award, 2011

NMC also partners with foundations such as the March of Dimes, the American Lung Association and United Way.