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December 23, 2002

Donalsonville - A hospital in Southwest Georgia gets a prestigious national award. Hospital Administrator, Chuck Orrick, says, " I think the best word to describe it is "wow"!"

Donalsonville Hospital is selected as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States. The hospital was up against 2,600 other hospitals across the nation.  The hospital received the same national award in 2000.  Registered Nurse, Tracy Brown, says, "It really makes you proud to be a part of the team. All of our work paid off, we get a reward for what we do everyday."

Unlike other small hospitals, their doors have stayed open. Orrick explains, "I've seen other rural hospitals struggling, it's tough to recruit physicians to a small community." The financial advisor says Donalsonville Hospital makes a profit because they have less employees doing more work, making them very productive. Brown explains, "We cross trained...cuts cost of labor and we are able to work in other areas."

Donalsonville Hospital has 65 beds and more than 270 employees. Certified Registered Nurse, Royce Cannington, says, "It's rewarding for us too and the patients keep coming back."

Their hard work has paid off for workers at the rural Southwest Georgia hospital. After all, they were competing against 2,600 hospitals across the nation.

The award is given by Solucient Institute. They analyze data from hospitals across the nation to decide the top 100.

posted at 6:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com