John F. Germ, longtime Chattanooga civic leader and retired consulting engineer at Campbell and Associated, Inc., has been appointed to serve on the Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board which governs the Erlanger Health System.
Mr. Germ was appointed to Erlanger’s board by the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation and is the newest trustee on the 11-member hospital board. His term will run through November 2022.
”It is an honor to be asked to serve on the board that governs Erlanger Health System,” said Mr. Germ. “Erlanger is a vital organization providing health care throughout our area as a tertiary care facility and as a leader in healthcare.”
Prior to his 44 year tenure at the local engineering firm, Mr. Germ was a captain in the United States Air Force where he served as a navigator while on active duty and was stationed at Waco, Tex. and Dover, Del.
Mr. Germ was a registered professional engineer in 42 states and Canada until his retirement in December 2009. He is a life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and founded the local chapter.
“With his experience as an engineer and service as President of Rotary International, in addition to his passion to serve Blood Assurance in the medical community, John will be an extremely positive addition to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE president and CEO of the Erlanger Health System.
Mr. Germ is past-president of the Chattanooga Jaycees and the Tennessee Jaycees as well as past-president of the Greater Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Grove Board of Directors. He has also held leadership positions with the Cherokee Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, United Way, the American Heart Association, Blood Assurance, Junior Achievement, Salvation Army and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. Mr. Germ is also founder of Camp Discovery, a camp for mentally and medically challenged individuals.
In 1976, he joined the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and served in numerous capacities including president, district governor and on the Rotary International Board of Directors. Mr. Germ has held over 20 leadership roles with Rotary. In 2013, the White House recognized him as “Champion of Change.”