SGMC Recognizes Hospital Heroes

September 24, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center honored the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services as Hospital Heroes at the Hospital Authority of Valdosta Lowndes County Board meeting last week.

According to Chief Nursing Officer Randy Smith, “We are currently in the middle of a worldwide pandemic of unprecedented proportions and today it truly is fitting to recognize these healthcare professionals as our Hospital Heroes. They are out on the front lines of this fight, they adapted practices to keep themselves and their patients safe, all the while continuing to serve their communities and support the South Georgia Health System.”

Smith said that SGMC EMS have responded to 357 patients suspected of having covid-19. ED staff have delivered care with courage, dedication, teamwork and extraordinary compassion.

“I am overwhelmed by the unquestionable strength of character demonstrated by these teams, “said Smith. “When times are tough, heroes emerge and you are all truly heroes.”

Former SGMC nurse and Hospital Authority Board member Shirley Garland took a moment to thank the teams and their family members who also play a role in this fight.

The group received a resounding standing ovation.