Bridgett’s first desire to work in healthcare started nearly 20 years ago as a result of the challenges she came across when her first son was an infant and faced many complex medical issues. It was so hard for her, as a young mother, to find the answers she needed to provide necessary care and treatment for her son. She knew there had to be a way to provide high quality care to people in need and guide those looking for answers through their caregiving journey.
Bridgett started in 1999 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins Georgia working in Labor and Delivery while seeking her degree in nursing from Middle Georgia State University in 2004. The knowledge she attained in nursing school helped her find the right diagnosis and treatment for her son who was diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disorder. After walking this path herself, Bridgett’s realized that she had a passion to educate the public about services available to them and make it easier for them to find the ones they needed.
This passion is what led Bridgett to become a Clinical Educator for the Women’s Center and Pediatrics at Houston Medical Center. In 2010, Bridgett’s desire to reach more individuals on a larger scale led her into a new role for the largest Social Services provider in the United States as a Director of Nursing. She served a medically-fragile community population under Medicaid waiver programs in Georgia, helped open the first medically fragile group home in the state of Georgia. At this group home, DBHDD clients were able to be served in a home-like setting and receive around the clock skilled nursing care outside of a skilled environment. This showed her the power of partnering quality care and appropriate resources together as individuals navigate the healthcare system.
Bridgett’s experience working with a medically-fragile population also ignited her passion for seniors, especially those battling Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In 2014, she started working for Brookdale Senior Living overseeing care in multiple buildings as regional clinical support before eventually moving into the role of Business Development Director and Healthcare Liaison. In this role, Bridgett educated healthcare professionals, physicians, case managers, and families about the services available to seniors in her communities.
In 2017, Bridgett obtained her Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Management and accepted a role as the Regional Administrator of Hospice Operations for a large hospice in the state of Georgia as well Regional Vice President of Hospice Sales. In these roles she helped our most fragile population (and their families) receive the hospice care they need at the right time.
Bridgett also worked with one of Georgia’s largest home care companies in both a VP of Business Development role as well as consultant for the past 2 ½ years. In this role she helped guide and advise families and professionals through their healthcare journey to receive the right care at the right time for their needs and their budget.
Bridgett is excited to be on the expert team at Metta Johnson and Associates as a Geriatric Care Manager where she can nurture her passion to use her clinical and knowledge of the healthcare system to help patients and families receive the highest quality care possible.
Bridgett is married to Martin Skelton and together they have four children; Zach 22, Logan 16, Faye 12 and Noah 4. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family. She has also continued her education in Interior Design with an Emphasis in Healthcare Interior Spaces designed for healing.