Lynne M. Kernaghan
September 24, 1944 – September 15, 2021
Lynne Kernaghan was a highly valued and dedicated employee of Georgia Health Decisions for more than 25 years. Initially hired as the Regional Coordinator for Central Georgia, Lynne led our efforts in that area to understand Georgians’ opinions and attitudes about a wide range of health care issues that included expanding coverage for the uninsured and access to health services. She organized and
led numerous community forums, educational conferences, and focus groups.
Lynne was instrumental in the development and expansion of our CRITICAL ConditionsSM initiative. She worked with large urban health systems and small rural hospitals to help them implement programs to educate their patients about the importance of planning for and documenting their wishes for their care at the end of life.
Through Georgia Health Decisions’ association with the Georgia Health Policy Center, Lynne served as a coach to rural communities that received Federal grants to improve access to health services. She worked with Native Alaskans in remote areas, Native Hawaiians on the island of Lanai, Native Americans in the Southwest, farming towns in middle America, and villages in New England as they worked to expand behavioral health and mental health services in their underserved communities.
Throughout her long association with Georgia Health Decisions, Lynne made friends across Georgia and the country. Everyone appreciated her commitment to her work, her practical approach, and her determination to improve the lives of others.
Lynne was devoted to her husband Gene and son Charlie and her beloved dog Abbey. She led a life of faith, compassion, generosity, and laughter. Our lives were enriched through our association with her.