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Team Member Awards

2022 Hospital Hero Award

Physician hero Dr. Stephen Chitty, Southeast Georgia Health System

2022 Service Awards

At Southeast Georgia Health System, we’re grateful for our team members, many of whom have served the community for 25, 40 and even 50-plus years. Less tangible than walls, floors or equipment, their presence is the foundation the Health System is built upon. Unfortunately, COVID-19 prevented us from holding our annual Service Awards celebrations the past several years. Even though we’ve been unable to gather together due to CDC pandemic guidelines, we can’t mask our gratitude for the more than 380 team members celebrating a milestone year. Click on the below link to watch several Service Award Spotlight Video and Team Member Appreciation videos.

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2020 Hospital Hero Award

Mohsen M. Akhlaghi, MD

Our Department of Emergency Medicine Chief, Mohsen M. Akhlaghi, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Physician Hero Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Hospital Hero Awards virtual celebration on Nov. 11, 2021. Akhlaghi, who was the only individual statewide to receive the award, was recognized for his many efforts to enhance care in the Health System’s Emergency Care Center and his dedication, compassion and humility towards patients and their family members.

“Dr. Akhlaghi is a selfless physician who puts patients, as well as staff, before himself,” said Earl Rogers, GHA President and CEO. “His commitment to caring for those around him has contributed greatly to the health and wellbeing of many. He is a most-deserving recipient of this award.”

2021 physician hero Mohsen Michael Akhlaghi, MD, Southeast Georgia Health System

Hometown Heroes Award

Rita Warren, RN

Rita Warren, RN, doesn’t really think of herself as a hero — but Kelly Davis will always think of Warren as one of her personal heroes. And as a result of Warren’s swift action to assist Davis during a cardiac arrest incident, the American Red Cross recently honored her as a Hometown Hero.

“Staying up to date with my CPR has always been one of my priorities,” says Warren, practice manager at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Gastroenterology in Brunswick. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”

Hometown Heroes Award | Rita Warren, RN

2018 Partner Champion

Glenn Gann, RN, MSN

The Southern Regional Community Collaborative (RCC) honored Glenn Gann, RN, MSN, Director, Emergency Care Center, Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus, as this year’s Partner Champion. The RCC nominated one Partner Champion in each of its regions — Southern, Northern and Central — with Gann selected as the Southern Region’s Partner Champion in recognition of his dedication and enthusiasm for the organization and its collaborations.

“Glenn has been instrumental in creating and launching an online, free website that lists resources and providers who offer mental health services,” said Devin Mark Taylor MS, LAPC, Director of Behavioral Health, Gateway Behavioral Health. “Without hesitation, I can say that Glenn has ‘hit the ground running’ in his community work and is making great progress in building community collaboration, removing barriers to cooperation and helping to provide more services to more of our community’s population in need.

2018 Best of The Best Award

Thomas McKenzie

Thomas McKenzie, manager, Clinical Engineering, Southeast Georgia Health System, is the proud recipient of GE’s quarterly Best of the Best Award. Through GE’s Best of the Best program, managers nominate team members who demonstrate enthusiasm, serve as role models for teaming, generate new and creative ideas, and do everything necessary to enable customer success.

“I am humbled and honored by this award,” says McKenzie. “Everything I do is only possible because of the Health System’s team mentality. Everyone works together, and in my experience, that is always a winning combination. Our success here is truly a team effort.”

2018 Charlie A. Smith Service Award

Lisa Dickerson, MBA, BSN

Camden County Chamber of Commerce honored Lisa Dickerson, MBA, BSN, assistant administrator, Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, as their 2018 Charlie A. Smith Service Award recipient.

“Receiving this award is an unexpected honor,” says Dickerson. “I’m grateful to my mentors, like Howard Sepp, who taught me great leadership qualities through example, and gave me opportunities within the Health System to be able to serve the community.”

2015 Hospital Hero Award

Rev. Wright A. Culpepper, DMin

Southeast Georgia Health System director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Wright A. Culpepper, DMin, recieved the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award! One of only 10 individuals to receive the award statewide, Rev. Culpepper was recognized for his work in the community through FaithWorks.

To learn more about FaithWorks and Rev. Culpepper's many contributions to the Glynn county community...

GHA Hospital Hero Video

Watch Rev. Wright A. Culpepper, DMin speak about his work at Southeast Georgia Health System, and learn more about the many people in the community that he's impacted during his years, both at the Health System and his ministry.

2015 Georgia Director of Volunteer Services of the Year Award

Kristin Doll, CAVS

Kristin Doll, CAVS, received the 2015 Director of Volunteer Services Award at the Council on Auxiliaries/Volunteers of Georgia Hospital Association (CoA/V) Annual Conference! Known for her patience and dedication, Kristin commutes between the Health System’s Brunswick and Camden campuses to direct each Auxiliary, interview new volunteer applicants and provide training. “Kristin approaches every project with her trademark enthusiasm,” said Mary Lynne Cochran, former Brunswick Campus Auxiliary president. Known for her patience and dedication, Kristin is a valued and appreciated team member!

2014 Distinguished Service Award

Walter C. McNeely

Glynn-Brunswick Hospital Authority Secretary, Walter C. McNeely, received the Distinguished Service Award, one of the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) highest honors, in recognition of his more than six decades of service to the residents of Glynn County and Brunswick, Ga. McNeely is widely known throughout the community for his work in education and his unwavering support of Southeast Georgia Health System.

2011 Hospital Hero Award

John Nave

Southeast Georgia Health System Safety and Security Guard, John Nave, was awarded the Georgia Hospital Heroes Award in recognition of his daily work in keeping the hospital campus safe, as well as his selfless rescue of a man from his burning building. During a routine patrol around the hospital campus, John saw David, an 86-year-old man who lived alone, trapped in his home as it caught fire. After quickly calling for backup, John helped David escape and carried him to safety.

The Daisy Award

The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses is an international program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence our nurses bring to their patients every day. We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in The DAISY Award program to recognize our nurses for the meaningful difference they make in the lives of others. View our recent DAISY Award recipients and their stories by clicking on the link below!

Daisy Award Recipients

The BEE Award

The BEE Award honors and recognizes team members outside of nursing who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. These team members provide extraordinary experiences for our patients, their families and visitors by exemplifying quality service and extraordinary care. View our recent BEE Award recipients and their stories by clicking on the link below!

BEE Award Recipients