GRHIC welcomes Glenda Grant as interim executive director

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Glenda Grant

MACON – The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC) at the Mercer University School of Medicine recently announced Glenda Grant as its interim executive director.

Grant joined the School of Medicine in 2017 in the Department of Academic Affairs and has worked with Special Programs, Academic Success, and most recently served as Director of Strategic Initiatives. She has a strong background in rural hospital administration, nonprofit management and higher education.

“We are delighted that Glenda Grant will join the GRHIC’s very talented staff and graduate students,” said Jean Sumner, M.D., FACP, dean of the School of Medicine. “She brings to the Center strong leadership skills, a servant’s heart, and a deep understanding of and experience in rural health.”

Whether Grant is serving as president of Main Street Business Association or delivering meals to the homeless, she has a heart for service and a love for people.

“Working and living in rural Georgia all of my life, I am excited to collaborate with rural communities to bring solutions that improve health and access to care,” said Grant.

Grant earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Valdosta State University and will complete her Master of Business Administration with a focus on health care administration from Mercer’s School of Business in the summer of 2021. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta honor societies.

Glenda was raised in Thomaston and has resided in Macon for more than 10 years. She and her husband, Keith, have two children, a daughter who is an undergraduate at Mercer and a son who is a paramedic working with adults with disabilities in Utah.

About the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center

In 2018, Georgia lawmakers dedicated special funds to establish a new Rural Health Innovation Center tasked with confronting the complex health care challenges and wellness disparities facing rural communities. Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) was awarded the grant funds in 2019 and formally established the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center on its Macon campus. MUSM boasts a longstanding commitment to serving rural Georgia’s health needs, with a mission to educate physicians dedicated to tackling the health challenges in rural Georgia. The Rural Health Innovation Center serves as a critical resource to rural communities to improve access and effectiveness of health care by offering research, collaboration and training opportunities.

Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson is the director of marketing and communications for Mercer University School of Medicine. She is responsible for the School’s communications strategy as well as managing all of its print and digital marketing needs, including the website, recruitment materials, and electronic newsletters.