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Mobile, Ala. (January 12, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, USA Hospitals Public Relations, (251) 415-1358

USA Hospital Employees Named Alabama "Hospital Heroes"

Ron Hodges and Award
Ron Hodges, second from right, is congratulated on his Hospital Hero award by, from left, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Assistant Administrator Carol Druckenmiller, Chief Pharmacist Robby Smith and Hospital Administrator Dr. Becky DeVillier.
MOBILE – Two USA Hospitals’ employees with some 55 years of combined health care experience have been recognized by the Alabama Hospital Association as regional “Hospital Heroes” for their contributions to health care excellence.
Ron Hodges, assistant chief pharmacist at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, has provided pharmaceutical care to patients at Children’s & Women’s for 30 years, and Cindy Carrigan, the stroke program special projects coordinator at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, is a 25-year health care employee.

Hodges supervises the daily activities of the Children’s & Women’s pharmacy, such as scheduling, maintaining appropriate technology and working with other staff to ensure pharmaceutical knowledge is included in patient care treatment plans.

“Ron is a hard-working professional, someone you can always count on to put the needs of patients first,” said USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Chief Pharmacist Robby Smith.  His dedication was illustrated back in 1980 when floodwaters were knee-deep in the hospital pharmacy and Hodges continued on the job as usual.  Co-workers said he’s been at the hospital many a night when a hurricane is approaching or when he’s offered to work for one of his staff.
Hodges’ community activities include participation in a program that provides counseling to students at area schools regarding their asthma medications.  He has also taken several mission trips and is active in his local church, singing in the choir and in several musical groups.  “We have had occasions when Ron has visited a patient’s room, especially a patient in particularly difficult circumstances, and sung something that will lift a patient’s spirits,” Smith said.
Cindy Carrigan and Award
USA Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson, left, congratulates Cindy Carrigan on her Hospital Hero award from the Alabama Hospital Association.
Carrigan was cited by USA Medical Center peers as an “around the clock” worker who tirelessly educates staff and provides feedback while building support for the hospital’s stroke program.  Recently, under Carrigan’s leadership, USA Medical Center initiated a monthly stroke support group that is enjoying community-wide support. Carrigan talks often with civic organizations, conducts media interviews and is active in raising funds to build awareness of the stroke program.
“Her compassion and determination are inspiring many of our stroke patients not to give up,” Beth Anderson, USA Medical Center administrator, said.  “She provides much-needed encouragement to stroke patients and their families.”
Carrigan, who is also a registered nurse, recently was selected to serve on a statewide stroke prevention task force, thus sharing her compassion and expertise across the state.  “She is a ‘hospital hero’ because she is a dedicated teacher, motivator and clinician,” Anderson said.
Carrigan and Hodges were among ten regional hospital employees recognized at a reception hosted by the Southwest Alabama Regional Hospital Council of the Alabama Hospital Association.  It was one of seven regional awards presentations held as part of the association's sixth annual statewide “Hospital Heroes” contest, which honors the dedication of hospital employees and highlights health careers.
The contest culminates in February when one overall winner from each region will be recognized.
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