The GHA Community Leadership Award was established in 1997 to recognize a GHA-member hospital that has made exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of the people of Georgia through leadership in the area of community health improvement. The award is presented annually at the GHA Summer Meeting.

Any GHA-member hospital may make a nomination. Joint nominations are encouraged in cases of collaborative efforts involving more than one GHA-member organization. Judging will be performed by an anonymous committee appointed by the GHA Chair.

Applicants are asked to meet the following criteria for excellence in serving Georgia’s health care community:

  • Outstanding Community-Based Contribution: The hospital shall have made, or be making, a truly outstanding contribution through an initiative to improve the health status of individuals, targeted groups, communities or the state.
  • Community Connections: The hospital has developed an innovative, collaborative approach to meeting an identified community need(s) to advance health status and/or reduce health disparities.
  • Results: As a result of the hospital's efforts, there is concrete evidence of heightened community involvement in addressing local and health care needs. The efforts have also instilled within their community a greater sense of affiliation with their local hospital and a better understanding of the role it plays in the vitality of the community.

Nomination Format
A nomination may be submitted in narrative form summarizing the purpose and accomplishments. To be considered for review, nominations should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages. Please use the following outline when submitting. Note: A hospital may nominate its own programs.

How to Nominate

Nominations for the 2019 competition will open in January. Any GHA member may submit a nomination.

2018 Winner - Floyd Medical Center 

To address the prevalence of diabetes in the community, Floyd Medical Center’s education and corporate health departments joined together to offer diabetes screenings around the community to identify individuals at risk of developing diabetes. Those who met the criteria for prediabetes were then offered free participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This program, recently implemented at Floyd, is a partnership of public and private organizations working to make it easier for those with prediabetes to have access to evidence-based, affordable, lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.


Another way Floyd is actively combating diabetes is its participation in a Department of Public Health (DPH) pilot project, CATAPULT. This new health care model consists of eight components (Commit to participating; Assess your practice or system; Train or be trained; Activate; Create a plan of action; Promote understanding; Leverage data systems; and Test and implement) and its goal is to reduce hospitalizations by 2020 for 1) Type 2 diabetes by 25 percent and 2) hypertension by 10 percent. As part of its involvement in this initiative, Floyd staff received DPP training to begin to provide diabetes education classes to its employees as well as the community.


To further enhance diabetes education in the community, the hospital’s diabetes education department began offering a series of outpatient classes. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the classes provide diabetes self-management materials to ensure that diabetic patients can take control of their health. As additional support, the hospital also sponsors a diabetes support group in which members can discuss their issues and learn from each other.


“The chronic disease of diabetes is one that many communities are working to address,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We applaud Floyd Medical Center for its dedication to addressing this disease and for empowering its community to take control and be healthier. We are pleased to present Floyd Medical Center with this esteemed award.”

Past Community Leadership Award Winners

  • 2017 - Archbold Medical Center
  • 2016 - Cartersville Medical Center and Rockdale Medical Center
  • 2015 - South Georgia Medical Center
  • 2014 - Houston Healthcare and Tanner Health System
  • 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth
  • 2012 - St. Francis Hospital
  • 2011 - Habersham Medical Center
  • 2010 - Tanner Health System
  • 2009 - Archbold Medical Center and South Georgia Medical Center
  • 2008 - Memorial Hospital and Manor and Southeast Georgia Health System
  • 2007 - Colquitt Regional Medical Center and Memorial Health
  • 2006 - Houston Healthcare and Community Health Works
  • 2005 - Floyd Medical Center and Grady Health System
  • 2004 - St. Joseph's/Candler
  • 2003 - DeKalb Medical
  • 2002 - Clearview Regional Medical Center
  • 2001 - Brooks County Hospital
  • 2000 - Columbus Regional Health
  • 1999 - Union Mission, Inc. - Savannah
  • 1998 - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Callaway Foundation & Fuller E. Callaway Foundation