OMC names New Foundation Executive Director
The Oconee Medical Center has named a new executive director of the Oconee Medical Center Foundation, Cortni Nations, who will assume her duties in September, replacing Debbie DuBose. Nations is currently the executive director of Mountain Lakes Access Health, a position she assumed in October 2011. Since that time, she has led the development, staffing, and evaluation of the first-ever case management model program in our community to provide access to care for uninsured adults. Since opening its doors in March 2012, the program has achieved an 80% reduction in Emergency Department visits among Access Health participants and a 54% reduction in costs. Nations also led the effort to raise private support for the program and has recently secured more than $200,000 to create a community dental clinic through the Access Health program. Prior to joining Mountain Lakes Access Health, Nations worked as the Expansion Program Coordinator in Oconee and Pickens counties for Safe Kids Upstate/Greenville Hospital System. During her time with Safe Kids, she was able to bring safety programs and equipment to Oconee and Pickens counties for children birth to 14 years of age. A Pickens county native, Nations worked for Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County from 2002 to 2010. She began her career there as the Community Relations Director where she designed a “Partners in Prevention” Campaign, raising more than $70,000 in community support in 2006. She also organized the Ride for the Child Motorcycle Ride, attracting more than 500 participants and raising nearly $30,000 annually. In 2007, Nations was named the Director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County where she was responsible for administering and evaluating evidence-based child abuse prevention programs. Her responsibilities also included securing and maintaining financial and in-kind support for the organization’s annual operating budget. In addition to conducting fundraising events, she wrote and administered all agency grants including multi-year funding from the SC Department of Public Safety, The Duke Endowment, Children’s Trust of SC and United Way. Nations began her professional career with United Way of Pickens County where she served as the Campaign and Community Associate. Her responsibilities included conducting employee giving campaigns throughout the county, helping the organization reach its then $650,000 goal to fund 27 nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her major was Electronic Journalism with an emphasis on Government and International Relations. She and her husband, David have two children and reside in Seneca. Nations will transition from her current position beginning August 5 and officially will assume her role as the Foundation Executive Director on September 2.