Dothan, Ala. - Five area hospital employees and one area physician were honored for their dedication to the health care field today at a luncheon in Dothan hosted by the Southeast Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).
The luncheon is one of seven regional awards presentations being held as part of AlaHA's 10th annual statewide "Hospital Hero" award contest, which recognizes the value of health careers and honors hospital employees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the health care field. The contest will culminate with a banquet in February where up to 10 of the regional winners will be honored as statewide Hospital Heroes. One statewide Hospital Physician Hero will also be recognized in February.
"AlaHA is honored to recognize those outstanding caregivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help their co-workers and to make their patients feel special," said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. "These amazing individuals deserve to be called heroes not only because they are an inspiration to their colleagues, but also because they have raised the bar in terms of what it means to provide exceptional patient care."
Southeast-area Hospital Hero honorees include: Addie McKinzie, director of revenue assurance, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Joanne Powers, cancer registry coordinator, Flowers Hospital; Jack Scobie, construction supervisor, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Regina White, MT (ASCP), laboratory chief technologist, Troy Regional Medical Center; and Cynthia Wilson, RN, nursing supervisor, Flowers Hospital; The Hospital Hero Physician Honoree is Dr. Roland Brooks, cardiologist, Flowers Hospital.
Addie McKinzie, director of revenue assurance, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan
Addie McKinzie has been with Southeast Alabama Medical Center for nearly 40 years and currently serves as the director of revenue assurance. Her fellow employees often speak of how much they appreciate her caring spirit and her willingness to help anyone in need at any time. One co-worker recently said, "There have been times when she has given her last dollars to help someone in need." Ms. McKinzie's kindness is also expressed through her cooking. She is well known for baking pound cakes, which she delivers on a regular basis to people she believes deserve thanks or to those she knows could use a word of encouragement. She does all of this despite having dealt with many hardships in her own life. Ms. McKinzie has suffered the loss and both a son and a daughter. After her daughter passed away in 2007, Ms. McKinzie began caring for her children. She is also the primary caregiver for her older sister. Through it all she is always quick to offer compassion, hope and caring to those who need it, according to those who work with her. In fact, hospital leaders have even been known to send employees needing encouragement or advice to Ms. McKinzie.
Joanne Powers, cancer registry coordinator, Flowers Hospital, Dothan
Joanne Powers serves as the cancer registry coordinator at Flowers Hospital, where she is responsible for recording data on the hospital's cancer patients that physicians use to make improvements to cancer therapies and support treatment. In 2010 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and soon after began struggling to walk. Her fellow employees often speak of how she inspired them by dedicating herself to overcoming her physical challenges while remaining dedicated to her duties at the hospital. As a result of her perseverance, she is now walking unassisted. In addition to her contributions to Flowers Hospital, Ms. Powers is also involved in her community. She helped bring the first Multiple Sclerosis walk to Dothan, which recruited more than 300 walkers and raised more than $25,000. As president-elect of the Alabama Cancer Registrar Association, she is working to bring the organization's state meeting to Dothan in the near future and hopes to raise money for Relay for Life at the event. Ms. Powers' positive spirit has earned the admiration of her co-workers. As one recently said, "She supports those who cannot stand, pushes for those that cannot walk, campaigns for those who have lost their voice, believes in those who have lost their faith and encourages the discouraged."
Jack Scobie, construction supervisor, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan
Jack Scobie is the construction supervisor for in-house construction in the planning and development division of Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he oversees renovations and expansions at the hospital's main campus and approximately 40 of its other properties and clinics. Those who work closely with him often speak of how much they appreciate his kindness and patience in explaining complex construction projects to health care workers, as well as his dedication to ensuring all tasks meet expectations. His co-workers are not only impressed with his efforts on the job, they also admire his dedication to helping those who are impoverished around the world. Since 1980 he has participated in mission work travelling to remote areas in Central and South America to help provide basic necessities, including clean water, to those who have nothing. Mr. Scobie pays for the trips out of his own pocket and often must sleep outdoors or carry heavy equipment long distances while performing mission construction work. Closer to home, every summer he volunteers as a groundskeeper, counselor and construction worker for a church camp in Florida. One of his co-workers recently said of his service, "Jack truly loves his fellow man and sets an example each and every day."
Regina White, MT (ASCP), laboratory chief technologist, Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy
Regina White has been with Troy Regional Medical Center since 1999 and currently serves as chief technologist for the laboratory. According to co-workers, she constantly makes sure the lab is adequately staffed to take care of patients, even if it means working an extra shift herself or visiting the lab on her days off to make sure she is not needed. Fellow employees also speak of her kindness and compassion. For example, on a cold winter morning a child once came to the emergency department badly burned from a stove accident. When the accident occurred, the child's mother was in the process of bathing her other three children and wrapped them in towels to get to the hospital quickly. Ms. White told the laboratory director she was leaving to take care of an errand but instead came back with warm clothes she had purchased for the children, including shoes and jackets. She dressed them and made sure they received a hot breakfast. In speaking of her generosity a co-worker recently said of Ms. White, "She inspires everyone around her to do more, to be more, with and without words by setting an example of service and caring for us to see and follow."
Cynthia Wilson, RN, nursing supervisor, Flowers Hospital, Dothan
Cynthia Wilson has been a nurse with Flowers Hospital for 23 years and since 2006 has served as nursing supervisor for the nursing administration department. Employees of the hospital have often commented about how much they admire the fact that she treats each of her patients the way she would want members of her family to be treated. She is also known among co-workers for her leadership. "The most endearing characteristic of Cynthia's personality is her dedication to the patients she cares for and the support of the staff," associate director of nursing Charles Tew, RN, recently said. Once such example of her compassion occurred when Ms. Wilson was caring for a patient with HIV/AIDS during a time when little was known about the disease. Noticing that no family or friends visited the patient and that all who treated him wore masks and gloves, she decided to begin visiting him. In the end, Ms. Wilson was by his side holding his hand with her ungloved hand when he died. Ms. Wilson is also a cancer survivor who has participated in Relay for Life, and she is an active member of her church who has helped with many of its fundraising events that benefit the community.
Hospital Hero Physician
Dr. Roland Brooks, cardiologist, Flowers Hospital, Dothan
Dr. Roland Brooks is a cardiologist at Flowers Hospital, where he has served as chief of medicine, vice chief of staff and chief of staff. He has been a member of the hospital's board of trustees since 2008 and has been medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute and Cardiac Rehab since 1996. His colleagues credit his leadership with being responsible for many of the strides made at the hosptial in recent years, including Flowers Hospital's number one ranking in the nation in 2008 for quality care in the areas of acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Dr. Brooks is also dedicated to his community. He has coached Dixie Youth baseball, Boy's Club basketball and city league soccer and has served on the board of directors for Dixie Youth Recreation and the Boy's Club. He also volunteers his time to the Southeast Alabama Dance Company and has been stage manager for many of its performances. "On the ball field, in the cath lab or in the boardroom, Dr. Brooks is committed to training, practicing, winning fairly and playing with heart," said Flowers' vice president of support services Joey Hester. "He is the consummate coach and mentor both inside and outside Flowers Hosptial."
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