MOBILE – A University of South Alabama Medical Center employee who has not missed a day of work in eight years has been recognized by the Alabama Hospital Association as a regional “Hospital Hero” for her contributions to health care excellence.
Josalyn Lofton, RN, MSN, ONC, is a clinical nurse specialist in orthopedics at USA Medical Center. Lofton is the liaison for orthopedic services and coordinator of all aspects of care for orthopedic patients.
"Her positive attitude encourages others, and wherever she is, there is an air of contentment," said Anne F. Carter, USA Medical Center therapy services director. “Her dedication to the health care industry is illustrated through her commitment to patients, her relationship with co-workers and her contagious optimism.”
Lofton is past chairperson of the Medical-Surgical Quality Assurance Committee, a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON), and co-founder and past secretary of the Azalea City Chapter of NAON.
During her career as a nurse, Lofton has been recognized for her service to the health care industry through several awards, such as the Mobile Infirmary Award for Excellence, the Helen Davis Award and the Excellence In Practice Award.
Lofton was 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 seventh annual statewide “Hospital Heroes” contest, which recognizes the accomplishments and compassion of hospital employees and highlights health careers.
The contest culminates in February where up to ten of the regional winners will be honored as statewide heroes.