Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) saluted colleagues at its annual awards banquet held on Nov. 17 at the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton Campus Conference Center.
TRHS presented the John B. Prince, III Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Cameron Nixon, internal medicine physician with Affinity Clinic, who serves as medical director of Tift Regional Physician Group. Dr. Nixon is also co-medical director of the hospital system’s patient centered medical home program and serves on various medical leadership committees. The award is named after former Tift County Hospital Authority chairman John Prince, who served on the board for more than 40 years. Prince attended the banquet and presented the award to Dr. Nixon.
The Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Foundation honored Dr. Rodney Tyson with the Exceptional Physician Award. Dr. Tyson, who practices with Affinity Hospital Medicine, provides inpatient care at Tift Regional Medical Center. The TRMC Foundation also recognized Tressie Mathis, R.N. with the Jensen Patrick Nursing Award. Mathis is a registered nurse with the TRMC Palliative Care and Pain Management Department. The late Ray Jensen, a local agricultural businessman, established the Jensen Patrick Nursing Excellence Award through the TRMC Foundation to recognize a TRMC bedside nurse who demonstrates unusual concern for the welfare and happiness of patients.
The hospital system recognized employees of the month for the past year at TRMC and Cook Medical Center. TRHS named Kimberly Moorman, Lead Financial Analyst with the System Application Management Department, the Dixon Dorminy Employee of the Year. Dr. John Dorminy and the late Dr. Sammie Dixon have provided an endowment through the TRMC Foundation to recognize employees of the month and employee of the year at TRMC. Tina Rowan, R.N. was named Cook Medical Center’s Employee of the Year. Rowan is a registered nurse with the Adel hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit.
TRHS also saluted employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Teekeela Saunders with the TRMC Radiology Department reached the distinction of 40 years of service. The banquet ceremony included tributes by TRHS President/CEO William T. Richardson, department managers, senior executive leaders and board trustee Joyce Mims. Rev. Craig Nalls, TRMC chaplain, opened the program with a musical presentation and invocation. Kasandra Pridgon with the TRMC Anita Stewart Oncology Center concluded the program with a musical presentation with special guest and patient Margaret Giddens.