Cecelia Baroni Granahan, R.N., B.S., ONC, COHN-S, Team Member Health, Southeast
Georgia Health System, was stunned when she was named the 2016 winner
of the National Award for Extraordinary Member, presented by the Association
of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP).
“You could have blown me over,” Granahan recalls her surprise
when hearing her name called during the awards presentation at the AOHP
Based on nominations from AOHP members, the award is given annually to
recognize a member who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the
field of occupational health in health care. Several criteria must be
demonstrated to be considered, including professional development, presentations
and published articles to AOHP and for other organization, chapter and
national engagement, including leadership offices held.
Granahan was nominated by Cynthia Hall from Emory Healthcare. “Cecelia
has been active in supporting the Georgia Chapter by holding offices from
secretary to president for many years,” wrote Hall. “Sometimes
she covered two or three offices to keep the Chapter engaged. Under Cecelia’s
direction, the Chapter grew to a very active group and in the process
doubled the membership. Her work with AOHP went national in 2014 when
she became the Region 5 Director.”
Hall continues, “Cecelia has dedicated her career to providing staff
with training and education that supports a safe work environment. She
is always willing to share her knowledge and expertise, and has presented
her work and outcomes at state and national meetings.”
While very honored to have received the award, Granahan insists it’s
all in a day’s work, noting, “I’m the type of person
that if you give me a job, I’m going to do it and give it my all.
My favorite part of the job is knowing all the employees and being able
to help people.”
In addition to her Extraordinary Member award, Granahan also received a
service award in recognition of serving as a regional director on the
AHOP executive board for the past two years.