Hospital & Leaders of the Year

HomeTown Health, an organization of 70 rural hospitals in the Southeast, selected the following for the 2017 Hospital Awards presented at the HomeTown Health 18th Annual Conference held at Callaway Gardens on October 18-20 in Pine Mountain, Georiga.

2017 Hospital of the Year – Evans Memorial Hospital

Evans Memorial Hospital 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.

“The team at Evans Memorial Hospital has done an outstanding job in working for the good of their patients, community and staff. They have launched a successful campaign to engage dollars through the Rural Hospital Tax Credit program to financially support their hospital which has set the tone for what success in that program can and will look like for participating hospitals. Beyond that, they are committed to excellence in every sense of the word throughout the entire scope of their service lines.” says Jimmy Lewis, CEO of HomeTown Health.

 

 

2017 Hospital Leader of the Year Award – Michael Purvis, Cook

“For exemplary leadership and a lifetime of dedication to patient care, employee excellence, and efforts leading to the survival of Cook  Medical Center in Adel, Georgia.” stated HomeTown’s CEO, Jimmy Lewis as he announced this coveted award. “Michael has done what some say is impossible. He has gotten a new hospital, supported by his county, in a time when hospitals are more likely to close than renovate.”

This award is presented by HomeTown Health to individuals who exhibit extraordinary talents and skills in positively influencing the delivery of health care in Georgia. “The amount of work, dedication and perseverance that Michael and his team at Cook County put forth towards the establishment of a new facility, their dedication to maintaining appropriate services to their community and their engagement with their citizens and patients is what successful rural healthcare can look like when led by passionate leadership.”

 

 

2016 CFO of the Year Award – Shamb Purhoit

“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. This year, we honor Sham Purhoit for outstanding leadership in sharing best practices in the revenue cycle and for his commitment to excellence in all manners of his influence – employee education, creative solutions, and revenue cycle improvement,” said HomeTown’s COO Kristy Thomson as she presented the award.

“In the current environment of which our hospitals must not only survive, but find means to thrive, Shamb is a dedicated example of a fully-engaged Chief Financial Officer – he knows his stuff, he asks good questions, he interacts with others to learn more, and make the best decisions on behalf of his team and organization. He is constantly growing his team in expertise and education and is a great leader for his team.” Says Jimmy Lewis, CEO of HomeTown Health.

 

 

2017 Nurse Executive of the Year Award – Shawn Whitaker, Miller County Hospital

Shawn was selected 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.

“This award is presented each year by HomeTown Health to a Chief Nursing Officer who exhibits extraordinary talents and skills in positively influencing the delivery of rural health care in Georgia. Shawn has given tirelessly to leading her department, being an integral part of her hospital’s continued drive to successful provision of care and service lines, has engaged with new staff as services expanded at her facility, and has never lost her dedication to superior patient care experiences. She’s a vital piece of the puzzle at Miller County Hospital.” said HomeTown’s CEO Jimmy Lewis.

 

 

2017 Business Office Director of the Year Award – Tracy Lee, Mountain Lakes Medical Center

“This hospital leader was chosen for outstanding leadership in sharing best practices in the business office and for her commitment to excellence, to employee education, business partner endorsement and revenue cycle improvement.” Said Sandy Sage, Revenue Analyst with HomeTown Health, when presenting the award. “Tracy is an incredibly hard worker who has set big goals for her department and made big changes that benefit her facility.”

“In today’s healthcare climate, one of the most vital spheres of influence on financial success comes within the business office. A dedicated business office leader can take their team to new levels in steady increments, identifying weaknesses in processes and putting initiatives and improvement processes in place to bring more stability and more cash flow to their bottom line. Tracy has worked tirelessly to bring positive change to her business office and keep them at the forefront of best practices in their daily work.” Says Kristy Thomson, COO of HomeTown Health.

 

 

2017 Business Partner of the Year – SouthlandMD

“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.

  Each year HomeTown Health member hospitals vote to nominate the partner that provides them with a “best practice” solution and a high level of customer service and support that positively influences the delivery of rural health care in Georgia and the hospital communities that they serve. “SouthlandMD has come beside our hospitals and worked tirelessly to support and partner with those hospitals for success in their communities. They are dedicated supporters of the HomeTown Health mission and vested partners in our many hospitals – and on behalf of all our hospitals, we thank them for their dedication.” Says Kristy Thomson, COO of HomeTown Health, LLC.

“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.
Each year HomeTown Health member hospitals vote to nominate the partner that provides them with a “best practice” solution and a high level of customer service and support that positively influences the delivery of rural health care in Georgia and the hospital communities that they serve.

 

2017 Executive Leadership Class Graduates
Congratulations to the following 2017 Leadership Class Graduates for their dedication and devotion to becoming an outstanding hospital executive leader through the completion of a one year study program designed to identify and strengthen exemplary leaders in healthcare.

Lauren Adair- Account Manager,CPSI
Reeya Patel- Health IT Analyst,Azalea Health
Helen Williams- Director of Practice Management Services, Azalea Health
Josh Forbes- Environment of Care Manager, Effingham Health System
Clay Jones – COO, ERH, LLC.
Michelle Murphy- Director of Quality, Appling Hospital
Karen Harden Oneal – HIM Manager, Effingham Health System
Lindsay Smith – Practice Manager, Emanuel Medical Center
Karie Spence – HR Director, Miller County Hospital
Tony Waters – IT Director, Emanuel Medical Center
Evelyn Leadbetter – Network Services Manager, HomeTown Health

 


 

Previous Hospital of the Year Recipients

2016: Union General Hospital

2015: Miller County Hospital

2014: Emanuel Medical Center

2013: Appling Hospital

2012: Elbert Memorial Hospital

2011: Wills Memorial Hospital

2010: Liberty Regional Medical Center

2009: Irwin County Hospital – for demonstrating exceptional leadership by providing quality doctors, dedicated caregivers, and adopting “Best Practices” that contributed to the overall success of the hospital.

2008: Dodge County Hospital – for outstanding financial recovery based on sound management practices, proper operating benchmarks, staff education, excellent physician relationships, and exemplary leadership

2007: Effingham Hospital – for providing quality doctors, dedicated caregivers, and for adopting “Best Practices” for rural hospital improvement through exceptional leadership

2006: Upson Regional Medical Center – for providing quality doctors, dedicated caregivers, and for adopting “Best Practices” through exceptional leadership and management

2005: Evans Memorial Hospital – for making survival changes and having a strategic plan, use of technology PACS/RIS, changing computer systems, changing financial systems, diversity of part time medical specialists and for vision developed and conveyed

2004: Memorial Hospital of Adel – for changing a struggling rural hospital into a vibrant healthcare provider for Cook County by providing quality doctors, dedicated caregivers, and adopting ‘Best Practices’ through exceptional leadership and ownership

2003: Tattnall Community Hospital

2002: Putnam General Hospital

2001: Miller County Hospital

2000: Dorminy Medical Center