Originally published April 9, 2012
West Central Health District Director Beverley Townsend, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P., was awarded the 2012 Rosa Parks Women of Courage award by Sisters, Incorporated, a community outreach foundation of the Gamma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The foundation selected Dr. Townsend due to her energy, dedication, expertise, commitment and serving as a pivotal role in the local medical community and health district.
As a private practice physician for nearly 25 years, Townsend has treated patients in Talbot, Marion and Muscogee Counties. She has contributed to the community by serving on numerous professional societies including the American and Georgia Academies of Family Physicians and the National, Georgia State and Columbus/Ft. Benning Medical Associations. She earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi, a Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Townsend was recently quoted in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer stating, "It's a joy to be nominated for doing what I love most which is taking care of people. I strive to give my best to those I am caring for. However, being honored as a Woman of Courage is certainly not something I could have planned for nor anticipated. I just do what I do. It's really nice to be recognized for my life's work."