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University Health System Names New Foundation Leader
AUGUSTA, GA (Jan. 6, 2011) Community activist and former journalist Laurie Ott has been named Vice President of Development for University Health Care System and President of University Health Care Foundation, the system’s fundraising arm.
Ms. Ott succeeds Pete Brodie, who announced his retirement last year. Mr. Brodie participated in the selection process, and will remain with the Foundation through May to assist in the transition.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the region’s leading health care system, while growing partnerships and relationships that will benefit the entire community,” Ms. Ott said. “I look forward to working with the management and staff of University Health Care System, supporting their efforts in delivering state-of-the-art patient care to the entire Augusta region.”
Ms. Ott has served since 2007 as Executive Director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, a community-based organization dedicated to developing best practices to maximize resources and provide world class support for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families.
Prior to that, she was with the local CBS affiliate WRDW from 1994 to 2007, where she was an award-winning anchor and reporter. Her work with WRDW took her from war-torn Bosnia to the Super Bowl.
Ms. Ott has also served on several boards, including the First Tee of Augusta, the Welfare Reform Advisory Council and Executive Women's Golf-Augusta Chapter. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.
University President/CEO James Davis said Ms. Ott has the skills to move the Foundation forward during a new and challenging era in health care and fundraising.
“I am very excited about having Laurie on our team,” Mr. Davis said. “She is a talented, dynamic individual with strong experience in education and consensus-building in the nonprofit sector. Her leadership skills, coupled with a passion and commitment for helping others, make her an ideal fit to lead University Health Care Foundation.”
Ms. Ott will join University Health Care Foundation March 14, and plans to continue supporting the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, which she helped found.
About University Health Care Foundation Since 1978, University Health Care Foundation has helped University Hospital provide innovative services that truly make a difference in people's lives. They spend untold hours on fund-raising events and programs to address identified health care needs in the community. For more information about the mission of University Health Care Foundation, log on to www.universityhealth.org/universityhealthcarefoundation.