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Two RMC Anniston Employees Recognized with Josie King Hero Awards

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December 05, 2017
ANNISTON, AL (December 4, 2017) –  Two RMC Health System employees were recently recognized by the Healthcare Authority Board as recipients of the annual Josie King Hero Awards.  The Hero Award was created by the Josie King Foundation to be given to those who work hard to create a positive culture of patient safety.  The recipients are Susan Greene, RN, ICU Nurse Manager and Philip Suter, R.T.(R)(MR)(ARRT), both employees on the RMC Anniston campus.
 
Louis Bass, CEO, RMC Health System said that both of these individuals truly embody the core values of the RMC Health System of providing superior patient care and the Josie King Hero Award that demonstrates employees who set an example for others every day and inspire positive change.
 
“The Josie King Hero Award emphasizes good teamwork and the ever important culture of patient safety being first and foremost in daily activities,” said Mr. Bass. “This includes listening to patients and their families, encouraging them to speak up and ask questions of their healthcare providers, improving communication, improving teamwork, being alert to any questionable circumstances and proactively addressing potential problems before they cause harm to a patient.”
 
Earlier this year, a patient arrived in the MRI department for an abdominal MRI. Despite being prescreened prior to arriving in the department, during the first sequence of the exam Suter detected a foreign metal artifact in the lower quadrant of the patient’s body.  Because of his astute observation he was able to remove the patient from the scanner and notify the radiologist, referring doctor and GI lab physician and prevent a potential medical emergency from impacting this patient. 
 
Ms. Greene, ICU nurse manager, vigilantly doublechecked physician orders from another department within the hospital and was able to ensure that a patient sent to the ICU was transferred with correct clinical orders. 
 
“We are extremely grateful for the highly observant, patient-centered actions of both Susan Greene and Philip Suter,” said Mr. Bass. “Because of their fundamental training and focus on patient safety, care for their patients was not compromised that could have resulted in negative consequences or outcomes.”
 
To learn more about the Josie King Hero Awards, click here:  http://josieking.org/jkf-tools/josie-king-hero-award/.
 
About RMC Health System
With 323 inpatient beds at RMC Anniston, 104 beds at RMC Jacksonville and 125 acute care beds at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient facilities and physician offices, RMC is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in Northeast Alabama. With more than 2,200 employees, 300 volunteers and over 200 primary care and specialty physicians, the expanded RMC Health System provides state-of-the-art integrated healthcare with integrity, skill and compassion. RMC Anniston is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, is an associate of the UAB Health System Cancer Community, is recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement and Maternity Care, and is the first designated Baby Friendly birthing facility in Alabama. All three hospitals within RMC Health System are accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting agency for hospitals in the U.S. For more information, visit www.rmccares.org.
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Kate VanMeter, Marketing Director
kvanmeter@rmccares.org

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