Walker Beeson, M.D., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

(November 30, 2004) - Walker Beeson, M.D., has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Beeson received the award in recognition of a lifetime of service to his patients, the specialty of cardiology, and his community. Beeson, only the third physician to receive this award, is the former Chief of Staff of Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) as well as the first and longest serving Medical Director of the MHUMC Catheterization Lab. The first board-certified cardiologist in Savannah, Beeson performed the first coronary arteriogram and participated in the first coronary angioplasty in Savannah in 1981. He has also performed approximately 6,000 catheterization procedures in MHUMC's Catheterization Lab. The Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology is an organization whose goal is to promote high standards in the practice of cardiovascular medicine/surgery in the state of Georgia and maximize the quality of cardiovascular care received by the residents of the state. In addition, the Georgia Chapter advises local and state governmental and professional organizations and citizens concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease and the practice of cardiovascular medicine/surgery. Memorial Health is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health University Medical Center, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial Health primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial Health has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates two years in a row. We are also one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.