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Walters, Malik to lead Hospital Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees of Bay Medical Sacred Heart elected Elizabeth J. Walters to serve as Chairman, and Amer R. Malik, MD, to serve as Vice Chairman of the 13-member board during the regularly scheduled board meeting recently.

Other board members include former Chairman of the Board Joey Trantham, MD, Azzam Adhal, MD, Linda Fox, MD, Philip “Griff” Griffits, Clint Mayo, Michael McCormick, MD, Jay Moody, Rod Morris, MD, Greg Morrow, MD, Nadia Smallwood and Floyd Skinner.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart CEO Steve Grubbs said, “We have an outstanding Board that has made great progress in moving our hospital forward. It is a great mix of leadership from our medical staff, community and local businesses. Our board owes a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Joey Trantham for his leadership and service as board chairman for the last two years.
“We are very excited to have someone of Ms. Walters’ caliber to lead our Board. She has already shown she is a very effective leader while serving as Vice Chairman alongside Dr. Trantham,” Grubbs said.

Dr. Trantham, an interventional cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist on staff at Bay Medical since 1998, said, “It has been a privilege to work with such a talented Board and I feel confident that Ms. Walters will be an excellent Board Chair. She is a hard worker, is committed to the community and has the skills necessary to do a great job.”

Walters is an attorney and partner in the Panama City firm of Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith. She represents clients in all areas of business law and commercial, resort and residential real estate law, from property acquisition, design, construction to redevelopment and sale of property. She has been with Burke Blue for more than 20 years.

She has been active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the Bay Defense Alliance, the Bay Education Foundation, the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Panama City Port Authority, Summit Bank , the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and others. She has earned numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the community, including the Member of the Year Award and the Lauren Merriam Memorial Award from the Bay County Chamber of Commerce; the President’s Award from the Bay Education Foundation; and the Richard L. McLaughlin Volunteer of the Year Award for the 16-county Northwest Florida region from the Florida Economic Development Conference.

“I am grateful for the leadership of Dr. Trantham for the past two years,” Walters said. “I look forward to working with Mr. Grubbs and the Trustees in furthering the mission of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in providing the highest quality of medical care to our community.”
Dr. Amer Malik is an internist practicing at Panama Internal Medicine in Lynn Haven. He has been on staff at Bay Medical Sacred Heart since 1999. He has held numerous leadership positions at the hospital including serving as a member of the Credentials Committee, the Physician Advisory Committee, Critical Care Committee, and the Medical/Nutrition Committee. He has served as Chief of Medicine and on the Medical Executive Committee. He is also former Medical Director of Medical ICU.

Dr. Malik earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He did a residency in internal medicine at New York Medical College/New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center in New York. He worked as a emergency room physician at hospitals in Bonifay and Chipley, while also maintaining private practices in those towns. Dr. Malik is board certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative care and obesity. Dr. Malik practices at Panama Internal Medicine in Lynn Haven.

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