Weems had been the chief medical officer for the Coastal Health District. She replaces W. Douglas Skelton, M.D., who retired in the summer of 2012.
Weems relocated to Savannah in 1988 to become the clinical physician for the Chatham County Health Dept. In 1993, she was named chief medical officer for the Chatham County Health Dept.
"The unanimous vote to approve Dr. Weems as the permanent district health director is a win for Public Health, a win for everyone in the Coastal Health District, and a win for all of Georgia," said Brenda Fitzgerald M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Dept. of Public Health, in a statement. "Dr. Weems knows first-hand the challenges in southeast Georgia and is prepared with the right credentials to absolutely meet those challenges."
Weems has been the Chair of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council since its formation in 2004. She serves as the physician representative to the Georgia Dept. of Public Health's State Nurse Protocol Committee and serves on the boards of Step Up Savannah and the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority Collaborative.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be chosen to lead public health initiatives in southeast Georgia," Weems said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing to work with our staff, community leaders, and public health advocates to help improve the lives of those living along our coast and throughout our state."
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