ARHS/ARMC President and CEO
In July 2011, James G. Thaw was named the new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Athens Regional Health System and Athens Regional Medical Center.
With 20 years of progressive healthcare experience, Thaw came to Athens by way of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He served as the president and CEO of Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children's Hospital, a combined 716-bed tertiary public facility. That institution is noted for services such as Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, Level 3 neonatology services and certified liver transplant services.
Thaw oversaw five accredited residency programs, including family practice, internal medicine, orthopedics, dermatology and oral maxillofacial surgery as well as a palliative care fellowship program.
Prior to his work at Broward, Thaw served as president and CEO of Lafayette General Health System in Lafayette, La. There, he managed a four-hospital health system that, in conjunction with its affiliates, generated $190 million in net revenue.
His focus throughout his career has been on teamwork, creating collaborative physician-hospital environments in numerous settings.
He hopes to build on that experience as Athens Regional considers a Graduate Medical Education program.
Thaw's career has been punctuated by leadership positions at health care institutions across the South, including South Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana and South Florida.
As a former South Carolina Gamecock, Thaw attributes his leadership skills to days on the baseball diamond. He played in the College World Series twice, where he says he learned the importance of teamwork in accomplishing goals.
Thaw holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina.
He and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters. One is a recent graduate of Emory University and the other attends Louisiana State University.