Junior Board of Directors

What is the Junior Board of Directors?
The Junior Board of Directors (JBOD) for Cook Medical Center consists of junior and senior students from Cook High School in Adel, Georgia. Members of the Junior Board of Directors will learn how a hospital is operated behind the scenes, current events and trends in healthcare, and the steps to take when considering pursing a career as a healthcare professional. Members will serve as ambassadors in their school and in the community for Cook Medical Center. JBOD members will assist with marketing and public relations events and activities.

How do student participants benefit?
Selected students gain valuable experience regarding corporate structure, the healthcare environment, and business processes. After completion of their term of service, student participants will have real life experience to include in the personal biographies they send with college applications or use during job interviews. The Annual Project also gives participants hands-on experience with product or service launches, and problem solving. At the end of each year, students will receive an official Certificate of Participation, and will be considered for one of Cook Medical Center's annual scholarships that are awarded to two graduating seniors. Members of the Cook Medical Center JBOD gain knowledge in leadership, community service, and the healthcare industry.

What is expected of the student participants?
Senior students selected for the JBOD will serve a one year term that coincides with the school year. They will attend a 1½-hour monthly meeting, from September through May. Most meetings will be held at Cook Medical Center in the Conference Room.

At each monthly meeting, students will participate in an educational session, a short focus group, and a group project. The group project will be a “real” effort to launch or enhance a service channel.

Students will be expected to:

  • Attend all 9 monthly meetings during the school year; missing more than one meeting may mean we will ask the school to assist us in selecting an alternate participant.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from meetings.
  • All participants will assist with completion of Annual Project.
  • Assist with marketing events, exhibitions, and activities.
  • Participants will be asked to elect an office (President, Vice President, Secretary, Project Manager, and Public Relations Manager).
  • Adhere to HIPAA regulations, and must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Furnish a signed release form from a parent or legal guardian allowing Cook Medical Center to use their names and photos in press releases and other public relations initiatives.

What is the role of the school?
School educators and administrators know their students best. They are asked to assist us with selecting representative at the start of each academic year. (Please note that there are no costs to either students or schools.)  This is not a “school” program but rather a program originating from Cook Medical Center. This program has the approval and cooperation of Cook High School.

What are the student selection criteria?

  • A desire to focus on healthcare in the future, in areas such as Pharmacy, Nursing, Laboratory, Marketing, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Administration, or becoming a Medical Doctor.
  • An outgoing and energetic personality.
  • A strong academic background.
  • Active participation in volunteer, community, and extra-curricular activities.

What is Cook Medical Center's goal for participants?
The goals of Cook Medical Center's Junior Board of Directors program are to promote civic leadership and responsibility among graduating seniors, and to enrich their knowledge of the healthcare community in Adel-Cook County through association with Cook Medical Center, its administrators, staff, board members and physicians.

For more information about the Junior Board of Directors, contact Liza Hendrix at 229.896.8121 or liza.hendrix@tiftregional.com.