ATLANTA – Upson Regional Medical Center’s James Searcy was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon Dec. 4 in Atlanta. Searcy, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for his unwavering dedication and loyalty to hospital staff and patients for more than four decades.
Searcy began his career at the hospital in 1969 as an orderly and now works as an orthopedic tech. Through the years, he has always been known to show the utmost gentleness and compassion to his patients, calming them and putting them at ease. He spends extra time going into homes in the community before his shift begins to care for patients. After his shift, his attentiveness to patients continues when he sits with some so their families can go home and rest. His reputation often precedes him – several patients and their families frequently request his services while they are at the hospital.
Searcy’s willingness to go the extra mile and his ever-pleasant attitude make him a mentor and role model for hospital staff. He has trained many employees in his attitude of care and concern, teaching them that the most effective care includes showing kindness and thoughtfulness to the patients.
“Many times, some of the things from which patients can strongly benefit are the concern and sympathy shown by the hospital staff,” said Joe Parker, president of GHA. “James Searcy’s extraordinary attitude and constant strive to put the patient first make him an ideal recipient of this award.”
GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.
Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its 174 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.