ATLANTA – Attorney Mary Scruggs has been named Chief of the Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR) Division. DCH Commissioner Clyde L. Reese III, Esq., made the announcement at the November meeting of the Board of Community Health.
“Mary’s extensive legal and regulatory background made her the right choice to fill this important role at DCH,” said Commissioner Reese. “As the department continues its initiatives to protect the safety of the citizens of Georgia through the licensure, regulation and inspection of these health care facilities, Mary’s leadership will be invaluable to the HFR Division and the department.”
Scruggs previously served as a contract attorney for the DCH Office of Legal Services. She joined DCH in 2011, coming to the agency from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, where she served as an attorney.
Scruggs received her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. She also clerked for the Augusta Judicial Circuit before joining state government.
The Healthcare Facility Regulation Division protects the residents of Georgia by ensuring the delivery of safe, accessible, affordable and quality health care services through effective and efficient planning, regulation and oversight. The division administers the state’s Certificate of Need program. It also licenses, monitors and inspects variety of facilities and services through Health Care Licensing, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, personal care homes and nursing homes. The division investigates complaints and regularly inspects these and other health care facilities.