Hospital & Leaders of the Year

HomeTown Health, an organization of 70 rural hospitals in the Southeast, selected the following for the 2016 Hospital Awards presented at the HomeTown Health 17th Annual Conference held at Callaway Gardens on October 24-26 in Pine Mountain, Georiga.

2016 Hospital of the Year – Union General Hospital, Blairsville, GA

HomeTown Health recognized Union General Hospital as the “Hospital of the Year” at its 2016 Annual Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia from am
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members across the Southeast.  Union General Hospital received this prestigious award 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.

“Union General Hospital was willing and committed to being a part of the Rural Hospital Stabilization Pilot program in year one, and they have risen above and beyond in response to this role. As part of the Rural Hospital Stabilization, their team has put in numerous hours and shown thorough dedication not only in improvements for their own facility, but being a willing leader in sharing best practice solutions with other hospitals in our network.” says Jimmy Lewis, CEO of HomeTown Health.

 

2016 Hospital Leader of the Year Award – Robin Rau, CEO, Miller County Hospital

HomeTown Health, selected Robin Rau, CEO of Miller County Hospital, as the recipient of the 2016 Hospital Leader of the Year award.

“For exemplary leadership and a lifetime of dedication to patient care, employee excellence, and efforts leading to the survival of Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Georgia.” stated HomeTown’s CEO, Jimmy Lewis as he announced this coveted award.

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 demonstrated by Robin as she serves the unique needs of her hospital and the patients it serves is truly remarkable. When she sees a need for a service, she makes it happen for her facility and what she’s doing in the Miller County area models what rural healthcare can look like with passionate leadership.”

 

2016 CFO of the Year Award – Barbara Duncan, Habersham Hospital

H_skc2381omeTown Health selected Barbara Duncan, CFO at Habersham Medical Center, as the recipient of the 2016 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. For her dedication to her team, her facility and the success of her organization, Barbara is well-deserving of this prestigious recognition,” says HomeTown’s CEO Jimmy Lewis.

Barbara was selected for outstanding leadership in sharing best practices in the business office and for your commitment to excellence, to employee education, business partner endorsement and revenue cycle improvement

 

2016 CIO of the Year Award – Tony Waters, Emanuel Medical Center

HomeTown Health selected Tony Waters of Emanuel Medical Center, as the recipient of the 2016 CIO of the Year award._skc2377

“The role of Health IT is ever-evolving and more critical than ever in the provision of healthcare across a community, state and throughout the nation. CIOs who are willingly engaged in best practices through education, adaptation and implementation are key partners in the overall success of their facilities,” says HomeTown’s CEO Jimmy Lewis.

Tony was selected for providing exceptional leadership in Health IT required to achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records at Emanuel Medical Center and for making a commitment to education and the adoption of “Best Practices” while emphasizing technological advances and superior patient care.

 

2016 Nurse Executive of the Year Award – Julie Long, Appling Hospital

Julie Long, RN, CNO, was selected by HomeTown Health, LLC as the recipient of the 2016 Nurse Executive of the Year award._skc2376

Julie was selected for providing exceptional leadership by adopting best practices for rural hospital improvement, for making a commitment to staff education and leadership development while emphasizing technological advances and superior patient care.

“This award is presented each year by HomeTown Health to a Chief Nursing Officer who exhibit extraordinary talents and skills in positively influencing the delivery of rural health care in Georgia. Julie has demonstrated a consistent dedication to the patient experience and the success of her hospital system and is very deserving of this recognition.” said HomeTown’s CEO Jimmy Lewis.

 

2016 Revenue Cycle Director of the Year Award – Jay Merry, Union General Hospital

_skc2384HomeTown Health announced Jay Merry of Union General Hospital as the 2016 Revenue Cycle Leader of the Year award.

Jay was selected for outstanding leadership in sharing best practices in the business office and for your commitment to excellence, to employee education, business partner endorsement and revenue cycle improvement. “Jay Merry is an exceptional leader within his own department, and is always willing to engage in knowledge and best practice sharing with other hospital leaders. He’s an incredibly hard worker who is dedicated to making his team successful and positively contributing to the success of his hospital organization,” says Kristy Thomson, HomeTown Health COO.

 

2016 Business Partner of the Year – HCCS

HCCS was presented the “2016 Business Partner of the Year” award by HomeTown Health, an organization of 70 rural hospitals in the Southeast, at _skc2382HomeTown’s 16th Annual Fall Conference held at Callaway Gardens October 24-26, 2016.
“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.

 

2016 Executive Leadership Class Graduates
Congratulations to the following 2016 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. The participants also earned the Certified Professional Manager (CPM) Designation.

 

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Karen Fauer, CFO – UltraGroup
Vickie Linscott, Director Operational Performance – Effingham Health System
Scott Long, Vice President – CE Tech
Jay Merry, Revenue Cycle Director – Union General Hospital
Mike Wyche, Revenue Management Manager – Colquitt Regional Medical Center

 


 

Previous Hospital of the Year Recipients

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