Upson Regional Medical Center’s San Short, R.N., was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Annual Meeting on Nov. 13. Short, who was the only individual statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her long-time service to health care through her many roles over the past 35 years, including as a nurse and diabetes educator.
In her more than three decades of service to Upson, Short has held a variety of positions, including Ostomy Nurse, Diabetes Educator, and Mission Champion for patient satisfaction. In each of these roles, she has had a profound impact on patients, the hospital, and the community.
Short has provided diabetes education to Upson’s patients since 1980. Her passion for providing diabetes care led to the development of an ongoing monthly free diabetes education class. In addition, Short always takes time to provide assistance to diabetes patients in need of supplies or medications. She spends much of her time performing glucose testing and diabetes education at community health fairs and employee health fairs.
Short’s dedication to the community also expands to cancer care. In 1989, after seeing the need for cancer patient support, Short formed “Bosom Buddies,” a support group for current and past breast cancer patients. Short herself found the group extremely supportive when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1991.In 1994, when Relay For Life was introduced in the community, she helped create the “Bosom Buddies Relay Team,” and has served as team captain multiple times. Since 1994, the team has raised more than $180,000 for the American Cancer Society.
As an ostomy nurse, Short provides direct care and education for patients facing life-altering surgery. Through the education she provides, she helpsbuilds self-confidence for the patients and their family members in what can be a very overwhelming process.
“San Short has brought empathy, education and so much more to the patients of Upson Regional Medical Center and the community,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “Her patient care and community involvement over the past three decade are unparalleled. She is a most-deserving recipient of this award.”