DCH announces Staff Leadership Changes in Financial Management, IT and HFR

July 10, 2015

ATLANTA (July 10, 2015) – Clyde L Reese III, Esq., Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has announced staff leadership changes in key programs and divisions within the Department, including the DCH Financial Management Division, Healthcare Facilities Regulation Division and the Office of Information Technology.

As of July 1, 2015, Elizabeth Brady, Budget Director of the DCH Office of Financial Management assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department. Brady currently has 15 years of service with the State of Georgia, including 11 years at DCH in various roles. Brady also served as a DCH policy analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for four years. She replaces longtime state servant Tim Connell, who retired on June 30, after 37 years in state government.

In another key staff change, Matt Jarrard has assumed the role of DCH Chief Information Officer (CIO), replacing Vince Harris, who has retired from state government after 30 plus years of meritorious service. Now in his 20th year in state government, Jarrard has been with DCH since it was founded in 1999. Matt formerly served as Director of the Division of Health Planning, administering Georgia’s Certificate of Need program. Prior to DCH, Jarrard managed the DSS Unit at the old Department of Medical Assistance and worked as a Management Consultant for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

In addition, Gia Compton, Deputy Director of the DCH Healthcare Facilities Regulation Division, assumed the role of HFR Division Chief. Compton has served state government in a number of different capacities in recent years, including Deputy Chief of Medicaid and Director of Program Integrity with DCH. She replaced HFR Division Chief Mary Scruggs, who moved to a senior management role in Georgia Medicaid, reporting to Medicaid Chief Linda Wiant. Scruggs joined DCH as an attorney within the Office of General Counsel, Contracts Administration, after working for the Department of Administrative Services as a legal officer. She clerked for the Augusta Judicial Circuit prior to joining state government.

“I would like to thank both Tim Connell and Vince Harris for their dedication, commitment and service to the citizens of the State of Georgia,” said Commissioner Reese. “I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Liz Brady, Matt Jarrard, Mary Scruggs and Gia Compton on their new positions with the Department. We are very fortunate to have such extremely talented individuals on our staff, and I am confident they will excel in their new management roles.”

About the Georgia Department of Community Health

Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.

DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids®, the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.

Clyde L. Reese III, Esq., serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit www.dch.georgia.gov.


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