Statesboro has many claims to fame. From Blind Willie McTell, Emma Kelly, Erk Russell, Braswell Food Company to the greatest little university in America.
If you travel outside the region or state certainly someone will have heard of Statesboro, but one of the "hidden secrets" of Statesboro is our ranking as an addiction recovery destination.
Willingway Hospital, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility, was founded by Dr. John and Dot Mooney more than 45 years ago, has played a major role in this designation. The hospital is known throughout the world as an industry leader in addiction treatment and recovery. In fact, Billboard Magazine recently named it one of top 10 treatment centers in the entire nation.
Many of Statesboro's most engaged and charitable citizens became introduced to our community through Willingway.
They loved the program so much that they wanted to stay as close to it as possible while they continued their recovery process. I have had several alumni who are successful business owners in the community tell me that Willingway provided the pathway to recovery and Statesboro embraced them and supported their success in recovery. By making Statesboro home, they were not tempted to return to their old ways that their former life offered.
The Mooney's four children Dr. Al Mooney, M.D., Dr. Bobby Mooney, M.D., Jimmy Mooney and Carol Lind Mooney, J.D., have served in some capacity at the facility through the years. Most recently, Jimmy served as CEO and worked in the hospital most of his career spanning over 35 years. Over the past decade, the children have stepped away from the day to day operations and brought in a highly capable team to continue to grow the operation. Each of the children are active members of the board where Jimmy continues to serve as chairman.
Jimmy took the leadership helm in 1996, and, for the past 17 years, he positioned Willingway as one of the most well-respected alcohol and drug treatment centers in the country. Before becoming CEO, he served in various positions at the facility, including Director of Finance, Administrator responsible for the overall operation and Director of Marketing.
"Several years ago, I really felt the need to step away from the day to day operations at Willingway," he said. "I thought it was time to retire and bring in professionals who could bring a fresh approach to the operations. Over this period, I had a strong desire to get back involved in the industry in some way. I had so many incredible relationships inside the addiction industry that coupled with the tremendous changes in how medicine is shifting with priorities placed on outcomes and my expertise in this area, when I began looking at other opportunities where I might could contribute.
"I was approached by MAP Health Management, LLC, a provider of outcome data, aftercare programs and revenue cycle management for addiction treatment facilities about becoming part of their team and accepted the position as vice president of Business Development."
In this positon, Mooney will be responsible for developing new strategic partnerships with substance abuse facilities to expand market distribution of MAP's core products and new initiatives.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Jimmy's caliber, who has a long-standing, in-depth knowledge of the addiction treatment field join our team," said Jacob Levenson, CEO of MAP Health Management, LLC. "Jimmy shares our passion for helping those who suffer from addiction by empowering treatment providers with data to increase rates of long-term sobriety, improving positive outcomes, reducing cost and driving revenue."
"I am so very fortunate to have an opportunity to be a part of such a great organization as MAP," said Jimmy. "For the past 35 years, I have had the good fortune to work for Willingway Hospital, one of the finest treatment centers anywhere. This next step in my career will allow me to bring my experience and knowledge to an organization that shares the same passion that I do in helping our field improve outcomes."
Mooney was the recipient of the Evolution of Addiction Treatment's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, which recognized Willingway and the Mooney family for their commitment to helping countless alcoholics and addicts, as well as their families, find lasting recovery from the devastating effects of addiction. In 2013, he received the Georgia House of Representatives' HR 183 Recognition of Lifetime Achievement, and in 2012, he received the Georgia Hospital's Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in helping alcoholics and addicts establish sobriety.
Jimmy and his wife Robbin will continue to live in Statesboro. Jimmy will work out of an office here locally.
Please email DeWayne at email@example.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.
• Lyn Weeks of Australia, who is an expert in fine machine sewing will be conducting classes in Statesboro on Friday and Saturday at Deb-Bee's Creations.
Visit www.lynweeks.com to learn more about her and contact Deb-Bee's Creations at (912) 764-5423 for more information on the class.
• Excelsior EMC's 77th Annual Meeting of Members will be held Friday at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the campus of GSU. Registration of members and voting for District 5 Director election will begin at noon. The business session will begin at 2:30 p.m.
• In honor of National Nursing Home week, two Statesboro nursing home administrators were awarded Professional Certification by the American College of Health Care Administrators.
Earning certifications are: Jo Lucke, the administrator of Eagle Health and Rehabilitation, 405 South College Street, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility, with a Remeo Center of 10 ventilator beds and Regina Bell, the administrator of Heritage Inn and Rehabilitation, 307 Jones Mill Road, a 92-bed skilled nursing facility providing short and long term rehabilitation care and specializing in stroke recovery.
To become a certified Nursing Home Administrator, they were required to have two years of experience as an administrator, hold a current NHA license, complete 40 hours of continuing education and then take a full certification exam.