Hospital Hero Award

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving the in-person celebration of the 2020 GHA Hospital Heroes to late 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Stewart. 

The GHA Hospital Hero Awards were established in 2005 as a way of recognizing the amazing hospital workers in our state. Each year, individuals are honored with this prestigious award. Over the years, GHA has honored doctors, nurses, volunteers, environmental services staff, dietary aides, social workers, emergency medical services staff, and more. The program awards heroic deeds as well as long-time service to the health care field.

These prestigious statewide awards not only recognize deserving individuals, but they are also a way to bring some great PR to your hospital. Award winners are honored with unique video presentations at a special luncheon later in the year.


  • Hospital Hero Award: Honors any hospital employee or volunteer from a GHA-member hospital (except physicians since there is a separate category for them) is eligible. These are people who have tirelessly given time, talent and expertise to improve their organizations and the world around them. Retired board members are eligible.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: (One winner) Honors a hospital employee from a GHA-member hospital who has dedicated a lifetime of service to the health care field (at least 30 years) and has made a significant impact in enhancing the operations and patient care of a hospital. Physicians are eligible for this award.

Nominees must be employed or have medical privileges at a hospital that is a member of the Georgia Hospital Association. A nominee can be a person who works at a patient's bedside - such as a physician or nurse - or may be someone who does not directly interact with patients but who helps enhance the overall patient experience, such as a professional who works in an administrative capacity or other areas such as dietary, environmental services or physical plant operations. Hospital board members and trustees are eligible. Please note that CEOs are not eligible as we have a separate award for them, the W. Daniel Barker Leadership Award.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more.


A nomination may be submitted by any individual, including a person not affiliated with a Georgia hospital. 


Congratulations to our 2019 Hospital Heroes!

Hospital Heroes

Jason Grady, Regional STEMI Coordinator -- Northeast Georgia Health System

Karen McCarty, Emergency Preparedness and Education Coordinator -- Bacon County Hospital and Health System

Jenine Morgan, BSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Nurse Manager -- Northside Hospital Gwinnett 

Shanon Prater, NREMT-P -- Floyd Medical Center

Dora Richter, RPh, Pharmacy Supervisor and Fania Szlam, MMSc, Lab Manager -- Emory Healthcare

Jeff Thompson, Director of Pastoral Care -- Northeast Georgia Health System


Physician Hero

Amy J. Eubanks, MD, FACP -- Tanner Health System


Lifetime Achievement Winner

Charis Acree, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer -- WellStar West Georgia Medical Center


Check out our past winners.