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Morgan honored by GHCA

POSTED: June 28, 2012 10:11 p.m.
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Georgia Health Care Association members recently honored Norma Jean Morgan, CEO of the Effingham Health System of Springfield, with the GHCA Leadership in Public Confidence Award. From left to right are Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association; Morgan; and Deborah L. Meade, chair of the GHCA board of directors.

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Georgia Health Care Association members recently honored long term care professionals, including Effingham Health System CEO Norma Jean Morgan, for their efforts to help Georgians receive better long-term health care by awarding distinguished individuals the association’s Leadership Excellence Awards and the American College of Health Care Administrators’ Administrator of the Year Award.

The second annual GHCA Leadership Excellence Awards were presented at the association’s summer conference by Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association, and Deborah L. Meade, chair of the GHCA board of directors. Steve Fromm, president of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and 2011 winner Laura Lines, presented the ACHCA’s award.

Morgan received the GHCA Leadership in Public Confidence Award.  This honor recognizes an individual who has been a leader in developing the confidence of the community and building relationships as well as trust. Morgan was selected because of her advocacy of long-term care and work that will have a lasting impact on the Effingham community.

Andrew J. Morris, CEO and chairman of the board of Reliable Healthcare Group of Rome, received the GHCA Leadership Excellence Award. This honor recognizes an individual who has provided leadership that is worthy of statewide recognition including a commitment to quality, stewardship and integrity. Morris has accomplished noteworthy goals and contributes to the quality of life of those receiving long-term health care in Georgia.

Hunter J. Hurst, senior vice president for Community Health Services of Georgia, Inc. of Macon and formerly executive director of the Georgia Infirmary in Savannah, received the GHCA Innovation in Leadership Award. The award recognizes those who have been a leader in developing programs and services that stand out as innovative and unique in their contribution to long-term care. Hurst was selected because of his work on the development of models for community-based long-term care.

Dr. Ron Westbury, administrator of the Westbury Medical Care Home of Jackson, received the American College’s Administrator of the Year Award for his life-long commitment to the field of long-term care.

"Long term care professionals in Georgia are committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care that meets the ever-changing needs of Georgia’s elderly and disabled citizens," said Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association.  "The GHCA Leadership Excellence Awards and the American College’s award are a wonderful way to honor these special individuals whose work impacts thousands of lives each and every day."

 

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