The Michael Bunn, Sr. Memorial Rising Star Award has been given every year since its inception to a business that has shown to be a “Rising Star” in its community.
Dr. Habigaile Cribe was referred to SBAC in the summer of 2011 for assistance in purchasing the former Telfair Medical Group facility located in the City of McRae, Telfair County, Georgia. The Georgia State Office of Rural Health considers the City of McRae and Telfair County as a whole to be medically underserved. Dr. Cribe wanted to purchase and renovate the building to revive primary care for the area. Financing $474,000 for the project was funded by SBAC in partnership with the City of McRae and Merchants & Citizens Bank.
Dr. Cribe’s medical experience in Telfair and surrounding counties made her the ideal physician for this undertaking. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Cribe practiced medicine in McRae, maintaining a large caseload of patients. Her professional commitment to the rural counties positioned her to rapidly rebuild the facility into a thriving place for healing.