Hometown Hero: Grace Gibbs

Story by Rocko Jerome | Photos submitted


Grace Gibbs
OBGYN + Commander in the National Guard

Doctor Grace Gibbs is on the front lines in her daily profession as an OBGYN in Lexington. “COVID-19 has been terrifying to pregnant patients and their families,” says Tanya Bolton, who works with Dr. Gibbs. “There are more unknowns than knowns when it comes to the virus and pregnant patients. Everything is changing by the hour, but with the guidance of ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology) and the CDC guidelines, we are doing the best that we can to keep our patients, staff, and ourselves safe. We are doing everything possible to keep this virus from spreading.” 

In addition to an outstanding medical career, Doctor Grace Gibbs is also a Colonel in the Tennessee Air National Guard (Air Force). She is the Commander of the 118th Medical Group. Her unit is comprised of a team of 61 medical personnel, including physicians, nurses, medics, bioenvironmental technicians, public health and administrative staff. In early March, 27 of her members were activated by the Governor and placed on State Active Duty orders to help with the COVID Pandemic. Guard members have been dispersed across the state of Tennessee, and they are hard at work on vital projects. These include administering COVID-19 testing via drive-through stations (this past weekend, her team administered over 8,117 COVID tests), evacuating nursing homes (the first one had over 100 confirmed COVID cases) and testing civilians at prisons. She is in close communication with her team daily, providing guidance and ensuring they are staying safe. Thanks to her commitment and strong leadership, the world is a much better place for having Dr. Grace Gibbs in it.