The Independent Doctors Association of Georgia (“IndDoc”) advocates the importance of the independent physician’s position within the healthcare continuum. The association unwaveringly supports the physician as the patient’s advocate while navigating the very complex healthcare system to achieve comprehensive, high quality, cost effective healthcare for the patients and communities we serve. Collectively, the collaboration of physicians through an integrated approach, will protect, develop, and implement processes that will lead and transcend our healthcare delivery system. IndDoc is focused on fighting for the existence of independent physicians and independent physician groups as well as preserving their future in Georgia’s healthcare landscape.
Provide a unified voice to combine independent physician issues into one group to address and monitor such issues that include but are not limited to:
- Medicaid issues
- Medicare issues
- ambulatory surgery centers for multispecialty physician practices
- how insurance reform affects individual physicians
- contracting issues; market share protection
- forced participation in hospital-owned IPAs
- medical staff privilege issues
- hospital referrals
Membership will include independent physician and independent physician groups who own and control their own practices. IndDoc will serve as a larger coalition to represent these needs at the state level, whether it is with the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Community Health, and any other state entities dealing with the regulation of the health care industry.
Meet Our Board
John Marrero, PresidentJohn Marrero is the Administrator of SouthCoast Health. Located in and around Savannah, SouthCoast Health is the largest physician owned multispecialty group in coastal Georgia. Prior to joining SouthCoast Health in 1996, Mr. Marrero worked in the hospitality industry for both Hemmeter Development in Hawaii and Hyatt Hotels. He received undergraduate degrees in Hotel Management and Finance from the University of Denver.
In addition, Mr. Marrero has served or is serving on the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Board of Directors (Finance Committee Member and Campaign Chair for Healthcare Division), Board of Directors of Riverview Health and Rehab, and Finance Committee Member for the Rotary Club of Downtown Savannah.
Mark A. Baker, Vice PresidentMr. Baker is the current CEO of the Hughston Clinic and Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. In addition to being named one of the “Top 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”” for three years in a row, he also developed an Orthopaedic and Orthopaedic Trauma management division that is currently underway to manage said services for four large healthcare entities within the State of Georgia and his services are being requested nationally.
Mr. Baker is a member of the American Hospital Association, American Association of Orthopaedic Executives and the Medical Group Management Association among many other affiliations. He is a licensed physical therapist and received both his BS and Physical Therapy degrees from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Mr. Baker’s healthcare career spans from serving patients as a physical therapist to directly impacting access to care in Georgia. Under his management, Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital has received Healthgrades award for one of the top 5% in the nation in patient satisfaction five years in a row (2009-2013) as well as numerous other awards.
Dr. Ken Davis, SecretaryDr. Ken Davis is the President and CEO of the Harbin Clinic in Northwest Georgia. The Harbin Clinic is the largest and oldest privately owned multispecialty group in Georgia. The Harbin Clinic has over two hundred providers in twenty-six locations with physicians in thirty-two specialties. Harbin Clinic serves over 700,000 patients in north Georgia.
Dr. Davis was in private practice at Harbin Clinic as a General and a General Thoracic Surgeon from 1986 through 2000. He received his MD from Emory University in 1981. His residency training was at Emory University affiliated hospitals from 1981 through 1986. In 1986 he was Chief Resident at Emory University Hospital.
Dr. Davis is also Chairman of Heritage First Bank of Georgia and Alabama serving as chairman since 2008. He is also on the Boards of Berry College and The Georgia Land Trust and real time medical data.