Mr. Ammons serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Central Georgia, Inc. d/b/a Community Health Works (CHW) and Rural Health Works, Inc. (RHW). CHW’s vision is to improve the health of all Georgians. Mr. Ammons started his career with Community Health Works in 2005. During his employment with Community Health Works, Mr. Ammons has served in multiple positions. His first position with CHW was with the organization’s RX for the Uninsured program. Mr. Ammons has always had a focus on disparities in access to healthcare as well as healthcare outcomes. Prior to his appointment as CEO of CHW, he served as the organization’s Chief Information Officer and Director of Health Information Technology (HIT) Initiatives where he spearheaded CHW’s work as part of the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center. Mr. Ammons is responsible for the creation and spin-off of Rural Health Works, Inc. (RHW), an organization with a similar mission to CHW, but focused exclusively on health improvement in rural communities. Growing up in a rural community in South Georgia, Mr. Ammons has a passion for the issues of rural communities that often do not have the resources of urban environments. A significant portion of Mr. Ammons’ time has been provided to the development and management of RHW.
Mr. Ammons demonstrates leadership in the area of population health. He serves as the Executive Director of both the Central Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Central Georgia Stroke Coalition. Fred serves as a co-chair of the Central Georgia Health Partnership. He serves President of the Council of Regional Cancer Coalitions of Georgia as well as serving on the Executive Committee and the Evaluation Committee of the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. In addition, Mr. Ammons serves on the Board of Directors, chairs the Patient Engagement Committed and serves on the Quality Committee of the Georgia Physicians for Accountable Care (GPAC) Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Mr. Ammons holds the distinction of being the only non-physician to serve on the Board of GPAC. He also serves on the Military Affairs Committee of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ammons has extensive experience and service in the field of HIT. He is a senior member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Mr. Ammons has served on the HIMSS Education Committee where he acted as the Committee’s liaison for Population Health Management as well as Care Coordination. Mr. Ammons serves on the HIMSS Leaders and Innovators and Healthcare Transformation Project Advisory Panel as well as the HIMSS Affiliate Round Table, where he represents the voices of smaller, rural, healthcare institutions and providers. He holds the distinction of being one of the first professionals in Georgia to earn the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification. In addition, Mr. Ammons is an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) where he was selected to take part in the CIO Boot Camp leadership program which the organization conducted in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center as well as a member of the Health Information Management Programs advisory committee at Middle Georgia State University.
Mr. Ammons holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mercer University. Mr. Ammons earned a post-baccalaureate certification as a Kellogg Executive Scholar in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2016. Fred also completed the Executive Education Program at the Kellogg School in 2018.