229.382.7120 / 800.648.1935

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Tift Regional Health System


Main Line:  229-382-7120 or
toll free 800-648-1935

For emergencies, dial 911
E-mail:  info@tiftregional.com

With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is a growing, not-for-profit hospital system serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia.  TRHS offers more than 135 physicians with expertise in over 30 specialties.  TRHS provides a wide-range of care, including signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, women’s health, neurodiagnostics, geriatric psychiatric care, radiology and more. 

The Main Campus is Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a 191-bed regional referral hospital located in Tifton at 901 East 18th Street.  TRMC was named a top 10 Georgia medium-size hospital by Georgia Trend magazine in both 2012 and 2013.  Tift Regional Medical Center’s West Campus, located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North, is an outpatient facility which houses various diagnostic services and the region’s largest multi-specialty physician practice.  Located in Adel, Cook Medical Center is a 60-bed acute care facility which includes a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit.  Cook Medical Center also offers a 95-bed nursing home. 

Tift Regional Health System is under the direction of the Tift County Hospital Authority, a nine-member board of volunteer trustees appointed by the Tift County Board of Commissioners.  Though guided by a government-appointed entity, TRHS provides charitable care for the community without financial support from county government. 

In addition to being a quality healthcare provider for the region, TRHS is an economic engine for the community.  TRHS employs 2,046 personnel (including 1,825 for Tift Regional Medical Center and 221 for Cook Medical Center).  According a study conducted by the Georgia Hospital Association, TRHS has a $472.7 million impact on the local economy. Total household earnings generated are projected at $228.6 million.

Mission Statement

The philosophy of Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is based on the belief that the primary and fundamental purpose of its existence is to serve the health needs of the patient as well as those of the community.

The Hospital Authority of Tift County has the complete legal and moral duty and responsibility to see that TRHS renders an adequate range of services that includes preventive, inpatient and outpatient services; to see that these services are delivered with a consistent, high level of quality; and, to ensure the system’s financial viability and cost effectiveness.

TRHS also strives to assist in the provision of an adequate number of primary care and specialty physicians in the region in order to facilitate access to healthcare services.  Insofar as TRHS is a regional healthcare institution serving the medical needs of many citizens in South Central Georgia, the Hospital Authority recognizes its responsibility in a multi-county region.  TRHS is expected to adopt new and innovative methods of healthcare delivery consistent with the identified needs of the region.


Hospital Authority of Tift County – Board of Trustees

John B. Prince, III Chairman
Jimmy Allen Vice Chairman
John Brownlee Finance Committee Chairman
Rosemary Short Secretary
Dallas Hunt
Joel Johnson, M.D.
Joyce Mims
Sam Sims
Wasdon Graydon, Jr.

Tift Regional Health System – Administrative Staff

William T. Richardson President/Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Crum Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officier
Chris Dorman Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officier
William Guest, MD Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officier
Michael Purvis  Chief Executive Officer, Cook Medical Center
Carol Smith, RN Vice President, Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer
Sarah Thompson Vice President, Facility Management
James Nixon Vice President, Administrative and Clinical Services
Christopher Efaw Vice President, Outreach and Development
Guy McAllister Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Claire Byrnes Vice President, Physician Services
Linda Wilson Vice President, Physician Services
Ellen Eaton Vice President, Human Resources
Melinda McStott, RN Vice President, Quality Management
Sherry Koehler               

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management

Member:  Stratus Healthcare, American Hospital Association, Georgia Hospital Association, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, VHA Georgia, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Accredited by:  The Joint Commission, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Hospital Authority of Tift County
E-Verify Number: 478163
Date of Authorization: 12/22/2011


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Tift Regional Medical Center
901 E. 18th Street, Tifton, Georgia 31794   229-382-7120 or 800-648-1935