South Health District

About Us

South Health District’s mission is to prevent disease and injury, promote health and well-being and prepare for and respond to disasters in the counties of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, and Turner.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) funds and collaborates with eighteen separate public health districts throughout the state. South Health District is comprised of ten counties in south central Georgia: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner.

Dr. GrowWilliam R. Grow, MD, FACP is the District Health Director. Before being appointed as the director in December of 2010, Dr. Grow practiced Internal Medicine in Valdosta for over 35 years at Valdosta Medical Clinic. At South Georgia Medical Center, he served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Medicine at different times throughout his career. Through his work as an Internist, Dr. Grow developed a real passion for community health. While he enjoyed seeing patients personally in private practice, he now enjoys working to better the health of all individuals in South Georgia.

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