The Georgia Health Network (GHN) encourages access to high-quality, community-centered, evidence-based, affordable healthcare and wellness solutions for all. GHN removes barriers to high-quality healthcare by building connections between community providers that enhance health and wellbeing through a holistic approach to individual and community wellness.
GHN’s goal is to provide data-driven, people-centered solutions to healthcare providers in engaged communities.
Building on decades of experience in Georgia`s health insurance industry, GHN utilizes next-generation technology to identify and implement innovative solutions for community healthcare providers.
Through an engaged emphasis on wellness and prevention, an evidence-based approach to treatment and effective self-management of chronic disease, GHN lowers the quantity and cost of individual patient encounters while improving health and empowering its partners.
GHN generates cost savings for providers through a comprehensive enterprise integration and benefits administration program that allows for effective person-centered services and provides for the long-term health and wellness of the provider organization and its employees.
GHN, established in 2013, now collaborates with providers and employers in six communities in South East Georgia.
By improving the efficacy of each patient encounter, GHN lowers healthcare costs and empowers providers and consumers to make smarter choices that improve the quality of life for all Georgians.
Benefits to the Local Community:
Retain current physicians.
Attract new physicians to community.
Expand services available from local providers.
Maintain current employer base.
Increase interest from the prospective employers.
Enhance quality of living for citizens.
Enhance local economy by driving more revenue to local providers and getting employees back to work faster.
Benefits to the Local Employers:
Market-competitive pricing for local healthcare services.
Aggressive pricing for tertiary services rendered at partner facilities.
Community benchmarking of health costs vs. Georgia and national averages.
Increased local access to services for employees.
Enhanced benefits for employees.
Predictable plan-level healthcare costs year over year.
Benefits to Local Healthcare Providers:
Steerage Value for discounts offered to plans.
Some control over local provider panel offered in the network not available with national plans.
Input/Approval on Benefit Plan design; potentially lower patient liability in plan design.
Community benchmarking of the quality and cost structure for employers to establish long term
cost effectiveness for dealing with other insurance carriers.
Simplification of administration.
Christie Long Director, Wellness and Network Programs
Christie graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration,Marketing. She began her insurance career with State Farm in 2004 and is licensed for Life, Health, Property and Casualty. Christie served as Customer Service Representative for State Farm clients for 8 years. Christie was later promoted to Interim Agent replacing a current agent who fell ill and suddenly retired. Christie assumed the role of Executive VP/Director of Service for the Agency. Christie joined Capstone in 2013 serving in several Customer Support roles. Christie was named Director of Wellness and Network Programs in 2015. Christie lives in Statesboro with her husband and son.
Benjamin B Watkins III, Executive Director
Ben has worked in the insurance, managed care and benefits management arenas for 20 years, starting with his role as vice president of managed care for Blount, Burke, Wimberly and Hendricks Insurors in Statesboro, Georgia, from 1992-98. Ben was the director of business development and managed care for Bulloch Memorial Hospital, a consultant for the Georgia Healthcare Partnership and served as director of regional physician development for Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
From 2001-04, Ben was a consultant for the managed care division of Memorial Health Partners, then served as director of provider solutions health services and sales for Zavata, Inc. in Atlanta from 2004-05. He provided employer benefits management services as the principal of Watkins Consulting Services from 2005 until co-founding Capstone Benefits Consulting in 2012. Ben attended Davidson College and Georgia Southern University, and he resides in Statesboro, Georgia.
COO/Director of Client Services
Joan Shurtz, COO/Director of Client Services
Joan joined our team in 2015, after 9 years in Account Management in the Third Party Administrator (TPA) industry. Prior to her TPA experience, Joan enjoyed a progressive 16 year career in Human Resources, which included benefit plan administration for a healthcare system with over 6,000 employees. Joan has a strong commitment to clients’ needs, the education of their employees, as well as to reducing healthcare costs through wellness programs and initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Business from Calvin College, and is licensed in Life, Accident and Health by the state of South Carolina. Joan is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the National
Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).
Outreach and Marketing
Leonard Blount, Outreach and Marketing
Leonard started his career as an insurance professional in southeast Georgia more than 25 years ago. He is the former president of Blount, Burke, Wimberly and Hendricks Insurors in Statesboro, Georgia, serving with the firm from 1986-2011. Leonard was the co-owner and vice president of Paradigm Administrators, a third-party administration company headquartered in Atlanta, from 2001-2005. He then worked as a consultant for the insurance industry and large self-insured employers from 2005 until co-founding Capstone Benefits Consulting in 2012. Leonard served as the president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia from 1989-99. During his term as state president, the Georgia chapter received the highest national honor awarded by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, the Best State Association Award, in 1998. Leonard is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in business. He is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, and is a resident of Statesboro, Georgia.
Outreach and Marketing
Reed Damron, Outreach and Marketing
Reed started in the employee benefits field in 1992, including over 12 years in the Third Party Administration and stop-loss field. Reed successfully built the sales and service organization for HPS/Paradigm, a leading southeastern TPA. He was instrumental in the growth and development of that firm ultimately positioning the company for merger in June 2004. Reed started his career in employee benefits with a major southeastern brokerage firm and worked for EBP/First Health, the country`s largest administrative services firm. Reed specializes in claims control strategies, stop-loss contracting, alternative funding, managed care processes and procedures for insured and self-funded clients. Reed has worked with a diverse group of clients, public and private, ranging from small closely held organizations to large corporate customers. He has a BBA degree from the University of Georgia in Risk Management/Insurance. He holds the designations of Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC) and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). On a personal note, Reed actively coaches business leaders and families in need through various Church affiliations and programs. Reed is married with 2 children and enjoys rooting for “his” Georgia Bulldogs and playing golf whenever possible. Reed and his wife Kelly are active in their church, they volunteer with various youth organizations and ministries for those in need. They are also active volunteers with Camp Sunshine, which is a wonderful organization focused on Children with cancer and their families.
Capstone Technology Solutions (CapTech)
Capstone Technology Solutions co-founders Stuart Gregory, Leonard Blount and Ben Watkins formed this venture to bring technology to the Healthcare Industry in Georgia. Stuart Gregory founder of Dynamic Solutions, brings technological knowhow and implementation experience with his team from Dynamic Solutions. Capstone Benefits Consulting co-founders Leonard Blount and Ben Watkins have more than 45 years of combined experience in the industry and currently represent over $25 million in healthcare expenditures. Our clients include health delivery systems, municipalities, school systems and other large groups across industry sectors. More importantly, all of the employers we work with now have healthcare expenditures below the national average.
1100 Brampton Avenue, Suite N, Statesboro GA, 30458