Christopher J. Leggett, MD, FACC, was appointed recently to the Board of Trustees of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc., said Beth Mathews, OTC vice president for College Advancement.
The OTC Foundation provides financial assistance to Ogeechee Tech students and employees that may not be met by the college's regular State of Georgia budget allotment. Assistance includes scholarships, equipment purchases and emergency needs.
"Dr. Leggett is a great addition to our Foundation Trustees," Mathews said. "With his extensive background in health care, he will be particularly well suited in helping assess the needs of our many health related programs."
Ogeechee Technical College offers many different health care programs, including nursing, paramedic, surgical assistant, echocardiography, and others.
Leggett is affiliated with the Car-diovascular Institute of Georgia at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, where he serves as Director of Interventional Cardiology and as the Director of the Cardiac Catherization lab. His training and background in medicine include his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and serving as a Clinical Cardiology Fellow in the Cardiovascular Division of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
"I am honored and privileged to serve on Ogeechee Technical College's Foundation Board of Trustees," he said. "I look forward to a wonderful relationship with the Foundation, the student body, and employees of the college."
OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee, expressed her excitement at having Dr. Leggett support the College in his new capacity with the Foundation.
"I am thrilled that Dr. Leggett has committed to joining our Foundation Board of Trustees," she said. "Chris is obviously a very busy person, as are all of our trustees, so his dedication to help us serve our students is very gratifying."
Cartee pointed to OTC's new Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Professional program that will train paramedics, nurses, and physicians for employment on emergency medical helicopter services.
"The new program is a good example of Ogeechee Tech filling a niche market in the health care arena," she said. "We have fantastic support from area hospitals, physicians' offices, Emergency Medical Services, and other providers, which means that our students can learn in the actual environments in which they will work. Having someone of Dr. Leggett's experience and stature in the local health care community supporting us means that we will have even more insight into how we can improve and meet needs."