HomeTown Health Honors Georgia Hospital Leaders at Annual Fall Conference
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
HomeTown Health, LLC held its 19th Annual Fall Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, October 17-19th with over 200 hospital members and business partners in attendance. The Fall Conference includes breakout sessions and presentations from industry experts, established public figures and healthcare leaders on a local and state level. Additionally, it is a time where HomeTown Health recognizes key employees for their success at their facility during the previous year.
Jefferson Hospital in Louisville, Georgia was named the 2018 HomeTown Health Hospital of the Year. Jefferson was chosen for providing exemplary leadership by adopting "Best Practices" for rural hospital improvement, and making a commitment to staff education, advocating to state policymakers while emphasizing technological advances and superior patient care.
Angela Ammons of Clinch Memorial Hospital, was recognized as the recipient of the 2018 CEO of the Year award, for exemplary leadership and dedication to patient care, employee excellence, and efforts leading to the survival of Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville, Georgia.
Ted Short, CFO at Fairview Park Hospital, as the recipient of the 2018 CFO of the Year award, "This award is presented each year by HomeTown Health to Chief Financial Officers who exhibit extraordinary talents and skills in positively influencing the delivery of rural health care in Georgia. Ted is someone you need to know, his understanding of the industry, how it has changed, how it keeps changing, and how rural survival is possible is unmatched – he has dedicated his work for many years to the financial sustainability and success of his hospital."
Joan Hartley, from Dodge County Hospital, was announced as the 2018 Patient Financial Services Director of the Year, "chosen for outstanding leadership in sharing best practices in the business office and for her commitment to excellence and revenue cycle improvement."
Angie Radford, RN from Wills Memorial, was recognized as the 2018 CNO of the Year, for providing exceptional leadership by adopting "Best Practices" for rural hospital improvement, for her well-established commitment to staff education and leadership development, and her dedication to superior patient care while emphasizing technological advances at her facility.
Vision Biomedical Services, led by Greg and Melissa Herndon, was nominated by multiple hospitals for their great work as a HomeTown Health Business Partner, and received the Business Partner of the Year award. "This coveted award is presented each year by HomeTown Health to one of 60 Business partners who exhibit extraordinary support and dedication to HomeTown Health hospitals, commitment to excellence, exceptional customer service, and for their tireless efforts in helping rural hospitals survive," said HomeTown's CEO Jimmy Lewis, "Mutliple hospitals within our organization nominated Vision Biomedical, which speaks to their commitment to their hospital partners within HomeTown Health.
In addition to the awards presented, HomeTown Health recognized the graduates of its 2018 Leadership Development Program. The HomeTown Health Leadership Development program is designed to better equip the rural hospital industry with leadership to transform into tomorrow's health care delivery system. Each year, hospitals nominate outstanding leaders from within their organizations for this intensive study and professional development program focused on providing them with skills and information to better serve their hospital in the future.
The 2018 Leadership Graduates who are members of healthcare/hospital teams are:
Timothy Brantley, Director of Surgical Services, Effingham Health System
Leah Cumbie, HR Manager, Miller County Hospital
Ginger Cushing, CEO, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early
Nancy Flemming, Director of Ancillary Services, Effingham Health System
Jessica Guy, Assistant Administrator, Jefferson Hospital
Jeff Laird, Vice President Finance, Stephens County Hospital
Michael Purvis, CEO, Cook Medical Center
Stacey Smith, Director of Nursing, Jefferson Hospital
Brian Westberry, Director, Plant Engineering/Safety, Appling Hospital
In addition to hospital participants, a limited number of best practice Business Partners are given the opportunity to nominate a member of their team into the Leadership Program. 2018 Graduates who are members of Business Partner teams are:
Robert Ball, Client Advisor, Sterling-Seacrest Partners
Angel Malone, Account Representative, Quadax, Inc.