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Alumna turns difficult situations into opportunities

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August 08, 2011

Healthcare entrepreneur Kim Gay thrives on challenges.

Despite a shaky economy with slow sales, Gay’s Atlanta-basedKim Gay '79Kim Gay '79 company, Medinet Systems, is a leading provider of safety and infection prevention and control products serving the Southeast healthcare industry.

“Being a business owner in the healthcare field right now is tough,” said Gay, ’79, “especially with healthcare reform in the air and people taking longer to make decisions. But you have to stay focused on your goals.”

The Arlington, Ga., native founded, grew and sold APS, a multimillion-dollar business supplying healthcare services to regional markets, before establishing Medinet.

“Growing a business requires a lot of hard work and determination—two key traits I developed during my undergraduate studies at Georgia College,” Gay said.

The Georgia College graduate served as president of sorority Phi Mu and chair of the Student Honors Council.

Staying disciplined in her coursework and extracurricular activities at Georgia College prepared Gay for a healthy career in sales. After 14 years of owning two businesses, she has never lost a customer.

“During college, I was taught to juggle a lot of projects,” said Gay who has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. “In my professional career I’ve had to juggle many clients, and you have to make sure you meet their needs.”

Georgia College also taught Gay the benefits of community service. She served as board secretary and chair of Georgia’s Care Management Committee until 2010. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed her to the board of directors of the Department of Community Health in 2005.

She is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and became a finalist for the chamber’s 2011 Business Person of the Year Awards in “Early-Stage Entrepreneur” category.

She also is a member of Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hospital Association, Georgia Healthcare Association and Women Healthcare Executives.

One of Gay’s goals is to share her experiences within the healthcare industry with Georgia College students interested in becoming business owners.

“A mentor is a great person to help you brainstorm ideas,” said Gay. “Although the healthcare industry is currently experiencing challenges, it’s a field with a lot of opportunities for aspiring business professionals who are determined to succeed during good and bad times.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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