March 24, 2014
Keith Brown recently was named director for West Georgia Hospice, following the retirement of former director Cathy Wiggins.
Brown, a Licensed Master Social Worker, has experience in social work, mental health, crisis intervention, medical case management, systems administration, risk management and quality improvement.
He has been with West Georgia Hospice for about five years, serving as a social worker, Quality Improvement Coordinator, systems administrator and backup administrator. Brown also is active on several state and community boards, and is an advocate for cancer research and support, as he is a cancer survivor.
“I am honored to come to work with such a great staff,” Brown said. “We have a phenomenal staff.”
Brown is West Georgia Hospice’s biggest advocate.
“Keith’s passion has always been health care with a focus on meeting the needs of the whole patient,” said Liza Fritchley, West Georgia Health’s vice president of senior care services. “Being a cancer survivor has given Keith a strong awareness and compassion for the fears and needs of the patient as well as the family during a critical illness. This awareness and compassion makes Keith a good fit as director of West Georgia Hospice.”
Brown began working in health care as a junior volunteer at Florence Hand Home in the late 90s. He went on to work at Vernon Woods in various roles while attending LaGrange College. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College, Brown moved to Athens to obtain his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.
He worked for Athens Regional Medical Center, Anchor Hospital and Piedmont Fayette Hospital before returning to West Georgia Health in October 2009.
“We have a phenomenal program,” he said. “It’s the oldest where we are — we’ve won awards that no one else has.”
Brown, a native of Troup County, is married to Hailey Brown. They are the parents to two sons, Eli and Zeke, and are expecting a third child this summer.