About MedLink

We are here to help you! Our Centers provide your community with basic primary care services. Including; behavioral health, dental, and pharmacy. You don’t have to worry about the provider. All Centers are fully staffed year-round and offer extended hours. However, each community has unique needs, so a center may offer specific services based on identified needs and available resources. MedLink Georgia, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

History

MedLink Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) corporation, established as the Oconee- Oglethorpe Primary Health Care Center in 1979 under the Rural Health Initiative Program. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors with representation from each county where the centers are located.

Day-to-day operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer and administrative staff from the corporate headquarters in Colbert. Georgia.

The corporation became elderly supported (USPHS Section 3'3O) Primary Health Care Center in 1979 and uses this support to increase access to medical care or patients in northeast Georgia.

MedLink Georgia, Inc. is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 2546, and a deemed Public Health Service employee site under 2 u. 5. C. 233 (B) - (n). Medlink Georgia is covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Our Vision

Healthy individuals, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities.

Our Mission

To partner with patients to support their wellness through compassionate, quality healthcare.

Our Values

  • Commitment to Excellence in order to meet the needs of the communities we serve
  • Pledge to Actively Serve within our communities in order to recognize opportunities
  • Spirit of Cooperation that demands that every person treat one another with fairness, respect, loyalty, and dignity
  • Absolute Honesty and Integrity in the way business is conducted, regardless of position
  • Stewardship to protect resources of the corporation.

CEO MESSAGE

As CEO, I am proud to say that MedLink Georgia Family Health Center takes pride in serving the communities we call home. Our staff live and are active in the counties we serve. When patients come through our doors, many already know the face that greets them. Everyone at MedLink is committed to achieving our mission which is to partner with patients to support their wellness through compassionate, quality healthcare.

MedLink is a safety net provider with some of the best Medical Staves in North East Georgia. We give healthcare to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. You can help us to help those who are "underinsured" or "uninsured". Today, approximately SO96 of our patient base fall into the indigent category, and you can be a pivotal part of our team by helping those in your community, who need additional assistance to get the medical services they need. Please consider giving a tax-free donation to help. It is easy; just click on the Donate Now button on the home page. Part of my personal mission as CEO is to do whatever I can to strengthen our ability to help those who need it most.

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DAVE WARD

Chief Executive Officer

Dave Ward is the Chief Executive Officer for MedLink Georgia. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University, as well as being a Certified Public Accountant. Dave has been serving the community at MedLink for almost 10 years. He was initially brought on as the Chief Financial Officer in 2011 where he began his years of service for the organization. Through different community programs over his employment, Dave has a true passion for helping the underserved by a commitment to MedLink’s mission. He has continued to expand the net MedLink has cast as the “safety net” medical provider of choice.

STEVE BARBER

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Barber is the Chief Financial Officer for MedLink Georgia. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Valdosta State University, is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Steve has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience in rural Georgia. Growing up in a very rural community, he has a passion for rural health and its support for the quality of life in the rural setting.

MUSHTAQ AHMED, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed is the Chief Medical Officer for MedLink Georgia. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Dow Medical College (Karachi Pakistan) and completed his Residency Program at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dr. Ahmed has been serving MedLink’s communities for over 4 years, initially brought in as a Physician/Medical Director, but through his passion for quality improvement focused on patient care, he was promoted to Chief Medical Officer in 2019. While remaining active as a provider, he continues to foster a culture of quality, challenging all staff to do their part to ensure MedLink reaches its goal of being “#1 in Quality Care”.

DOUG BRIDGES

Board Chair

Mr. Bridges is a farmer and retired equipment specialist.

FAY BURNETT

Chair Elect

Dr. Burnett is a retired dentist and business owner. She also serves on the Health Science Occupations Board.

NANCY LORD

Secretary

Mrs. Lord is a retired marketing director from Royston Diagnostics.

GARY MORRIS

Treasurer

Mr. Morris is the mayor of Mount Airy and a retired banker from Community Bank & Trust.

MARILYN FAVORS

Hull, GA

Mrs. Favors is a retired Continuing Education Coordinator for Foothills AHEC.

JOE FERNANDEZ

Elberton, GA

Mr. Fernandez is a retired granite stonecraft designer from Trustee TMC.

MERLIN MEJIA

Gainesville, GA

Mr. Mejia is a bilingual financial representative for Greensky.

SANDI SAFFOLD

Winterville, GA

Ms. Saffold is the current HSE Manager at Hitachi.

AL STONE, JR

Danielsville, GA

Mr. Stone is a farmer and attorney.

LARRY WALKER

Lakemont, GA

Mr. Walker is retired from the Georgia Forestry Industry.

BOBBY BERRYMAN

Royston, GA

Mr. Berryman is a minister and works for the Franklin County Board of Education as a maintenance supervisor and bus driver.

School Sponsorship Program

We are dedicated to keeping children in our communities safe and healthy, so we would love the opportunity to partner with any school or community group. We currently partner with schools to provide supplies for nursing staff, immunizations, health care, and safety training, plus so much more. If you have a need or would like to talk about partnerships and/or sponsorships, please contact us!

Event Sponsorships

MedLink is dedicated to being involved in each of our communities to help raise awareness around health and wellness. We seek out every opportunity to help spread knowledge of support and services for things related to health, wellness, resources, and strengthening our communities. If you have an event that you would like to share with us, please let us know! We cannot promise to sponsor every event, but we will try to meet the needs as our budget allows.

Health Fairs

Health fairs can provide basic services to individuals that might not be able to access quality care otherwise. We would love the opportunity to discuss any ideas or plans that you have for your community or organization!

For More Information

For any other ideas or needs that you might have for our community, please feel free to reach out to our outreach team to discuss how we can help!

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Convenient Locations

MedLink Georgia serves patients from 26 Northeast Georgia counties and contiguous North and South Carolina communities.

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Primary health care

Our centers provide your community with basic primary care services. All Centers are fully staffed year round.

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Occupational Health

MedLink is your affordable health service provider for all of your corporate needs.


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Need Insurance?

Whether it is the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or PeachCare, we can help you get the insurance you need.

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