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Galen Medical Group, Charlie Lathram, and Dr. Julie Bilbrey were recently awarded with “Rise Above Recognition” by the Medical Group Management Association for our COVID-19 response efforts

Chattanooga, TN, October 28, 2020 – Galen Medical Group along with CEO, Charles “Charlie” Lathram, III, CMPE and Julie Bilbrey, MD have been recognized among MGMA’s Rise Above for 2020. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)’s Rise Above Recognition Award highlights individuals and groups who are solving difficult issues, challenging situations, inspiring others in times of uncertainty, and contributing to the community while overcoming the circumstances with innovation and excellence. This award was launched to showcase the nation’s healthcare heroes who are working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Galen Medical Group is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group that provides outstanding health care to Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. Since 1992, the group has been focused on caring for our Galen family—patients and staff—and the Chattanooga community. Galen’s motto, “Wisdom, Compassion, Integrity,” is at the foundation of each service Galen works to provide its patients. This motto sets the stage for Galen’s COVID-19 efforts. 

Charles “Charlie” Lathram, III, CMPE has maintained exceptional operations of health practices over the last 18 years and is currently Galen Medical Group’s Administrator. Since becoming a part of Galen Medical Group in 2017, Charlie has restructured and strengthened the organization as he pushed for innovations to enhance the patient experience. This commitment proved beneficial when he put together a taskforce to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Charlie’s command, Galen was already in the process of setting up telehealth so upon the first case of COVID-19 in Tennessee, he implemented Galen’s telehealth platform to screen and schedule patients for COVID-19 testing. Charlie’s focus has been to care for the Chattanooga community so with the help of his taskforce, Charlie implemented COVID-19 testing for schools, businesses, and senior livings. Charlie’s push for innovation has allowed Galen to provide the appropriate care and reassurance to its patients, employees, and the Chattanooga community.

Julie Bilbrey, MD has been a great leader and activist for the physicians and staff at Galen Medical Group as well as the greater Chattanooga community. Her background in family medicine, teaching, research, and community service spans over 20 years. This past year, Dr. Bilbrey worked strategically as she spearheaded Galen’s COVID-19 taskforce to prepare our facilities and our testing efforts. She has stayed firm in bringing to light current and reliable information concerning the novel coronavirus including the disease itself, testing methods, and other related topics. The dedication and care she has shown in her effort to protect our community has continued to inspire those around her. Galen Medical Group is very proud to have Dr. Bilbrey a part of our group as a physician and as a role model to our community!

With the hard work of Galen’s COVID-19 response team built by Charlie and led by Dr. Bilbrey, Galen Medical Group has implemented a COVID-19 community testing program to aid schools, business, and senior living facilities which includes contact tracing, follow up calls, and guidance for exposures. 

About MGMA and their Rise Above Award:

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier association for professionals who lead medical practices. MGMA helps create successful medical practices that deliver the highest-quality patient care.  Since 1926, through data, people, insights, and advocacy, MGMA empowers medical group practices to innovate and create meaningful change in healthcare. With a membership of more than 58,000 medical practice administrators, executives, and leaders, MGMA represents more than 12,500 organizations of all sizes, types, structures and specialties that deliver almost half of the healthcare in the United States.  

MGMA’s Rise Above Award recognizes those who have solved difficult problems, conquered challenging situations, inspired others in times of uncertainty, contributed to your community and overcame circumstances with innovation and excellence.


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