Memorial Health Earns Prestigious Leadership Award

(July 26, 2007) - Memorial Health was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Leadership Award for making exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of Georgians through community health improvement. The award was established in 1997. To be considered for the award, hospitals must meet three criteria: outstanding community-based contribution, community connections, and results. "We're proud to be involved in initiatives that protect the health and well-being of all of Savannah's citizens. It's something we take very seriously and it's an honor to earn this recognition," said Robert A. Colvin, Memorial Health president and CEO. In the last decade, Memorial Health has invested more than $14 million in support and seed money in a number of community partners and by doing so has increased access to care for thousands of Chatham County residents. This community investment was done in a strategic and targeted way making the best use of limited funds for indigent care. Those partners include Union Mission's J.C. Lewis Health Care Complex and Phoenix Project, Community Health Mission, Chatham County Health Department, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, MedBank Foundation, Inc., Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, and Savannah Area Behavioral Health Collaborative. The Leadership Award was presented to Memorial Health during the GHA Summer Meeting recently held in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Established in 1929, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is the leading trade organization of hospitals and health systems in the state, providing education, research, and risk management services to more than 180 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. Please visit the association's Web site at www.gha.org. 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 three years in a row. We are also one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.