Forrest General Hospital has announced the winners of the eighth-annual Philip W. Rogers Award. This annual award is presented to health care workers who exemplify commitment to the field of medicine and excellence in patient care. Robert Wilkins, M.D., was honored with the Philip Rogers Innovator Award. Wilkins is an interventional cardiologist who is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine. He is responsible for the development and implementation of Forrest General’s STEMI system. Wilkins started the first STEMI program at Forrest General in 2010 and he was a key player in the Mississippi Health Care Alliance where he helped establish a statewide system of care for heart attack patients, including treatment protocols and access to care.
The Mentor Award personification was presented to Joe Marcello, service line administrator – heart and vascular services, hematology/oncology Services and director of imaging and radiation oncology. Marcello began working at Forrest General in 2007 as director of radiology/oncology. In 2008 he helped establish the Heart and Vascular Service Line and formed the first Joint Operations Committee, the governing body for cardiovascular services. Marcello also helped create designated Heart and Vascular patient care areas for pre- and post-procedures.
The award for Leadership was given to Thad Waites, M.D. Waites is currently the director of the Cardiac Cath Lab. Over the years, he has held several leading positions at Forrest General. Waites has brought many new procedures to the Cath Lab to advance the care of patients with heart problems. Since 2010, Waites has also been very active in the highest leadership of the American College of Cardiology. From 2008 to 2011 he served as an elected Governor of the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Waites was then nominated and elected to serve as chairman of the board of governors of the American College of Cardiology, serving as chairman-elect in 2010 and becoming chairman in 2011. “
Randy Henderson, M.D., was honored with the Humanitarian Award. Henderson joined Forrest General’s staff in 1996 as a board certified neonatologist and has been active in the hospital, community and state ever since. He has served as past vice president and president of the Department of Pediatrics and has mentored doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and students throughout Forrest General’s referral network. Henderson is very active in the community. In 2007, he was named Hattiesburg American’s “12 Who Made a Difference.”
Also, Forrest General has presented its top employee awards, including the Employee of the Year, We C.A.R.E. Awards and Service Award recognition for employees who have served 30-plus years at the hospital. Sandi Thames, MT (ASCP), CLS (NCA) has been selected as the hospital’s Employee of the Year for 2013. A University of Southern Mississippi graduate, Thames began working at Forrest General in 1982. Since then she has served in numerous roles including staff technologist and quality improvement coordinator. Thames is currently the chief administrative technologist for anatomic and clinical laboratory services.
Five Forrest General employees and one physician were honored with We C.A.R.E. Awards for upholding the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. philosophy. The winners were selected based on comments from patients, patients’ family members and co-workers. Four employees were recognized for specific letters in the acronym of Forrest General’s We C.A.R.E. philosophy. The letters stand for: Communicate with Compassion and Courtesy; Acknowledge and take Action; Respect and Reassure and Empathize and Explain. The winners are: C: Ken Roberts, hospice chaplain; A: Michael Reed, material supply; R: Sherry Amacker, RN, observation/telemetry; E: Jarrod Jackson, RRT, respiratory care.
Clay King, M.D., hospital care services, received the We C.A.R.E. Physician Award, and the We C.A.R.E. Leadership Award was given to Teresa McDaniel, PharmD, pharmacy.