TRMC employee named ‘Hospital Hero’

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 23, 2012

Troy Regional Medical Center’s Regina White has been recognized as Hospital Hero by the Southeast Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association.

White is one of five area hospital employees and one area physician honored by their dedication to the health care field and outstanding patient care.

White has been with TRMC since 1999 and currently serves as chief technologist for the laboratory.

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“Regina is one of those people who not only sees the needs of others, but also takes the time to do something to meet those needs,” said Alice Teal, TRMC compliance director and former laboratory director. “She truly cares about and has compassion for people.”

One example of that compassion was evident when a child came to the emergency department, badly burned from a stove accident. The child’s mother had been bathing her other three children and wrapped them in towels to get to the hospital quickly.

White excused herself from the laboratory to run an errand and returned with warm clothes, including shoes and jackets, for the other children. She dressed them and made sure they received a hot breakfast.

“One time a year, the Alabama Hospital Association honors Hospital Heroes and this year our recipient was very deserving of this honor,” said Teresa Grimes, TRMC chief executive officer. “Regina is a dedicated employee who shows compassion to everyone she comes in contact with.”

Other honorees include Addie McKinzie, director of revenue assurance, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Joanne Powers, cancer registry coordinator, Flowers Hospital; Jack Scobie, construction supervisor, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; and Cynthia Wilson, RN, nursing supervisor, Flowers Hospital. The Hospital Hero Physician Honoree was Dr. Roland Brooks, cardiologist, Flowers Hospital.

“AlaHA is honored to recognize those outstanding caregivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help their co-workers and to make their patients feel special,” said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “These amazing individuals deserve to be called heroes not only because they are an inspiration to their colleagues, but also because they have raised the bar in terms of what it means to provide exceptional patient care.”