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Jackson Hospital and AlaHA recognize Hospital Heroes

Hospital news | Friday, December 2, 2011

Montgomery, AL- Ten area hospital employees and three area physicians were honored for their dedication to the health care field at a luncheon in Montgomery hosted by the Central Alabama Regional Hospital Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA). The luncheon is one of seven regional awards presentations being held in November and December as part of the association’s ninth-annual statewide “Hospital Hero” award contest, which highlights health careers while recognizing the great accomplishments and compassion of hospital employees.

Two of these ‘heroes’ were Jackson Hospital employees Kay Walters and David Coffey, D.O.

“Both of our hospital heroes are perfect examples of what it means to be a leader, a mentor and a healthcare professional,” says CEO Don Henderson. “Kay and Dr. Coffey are two outstanding citizens of the community, volunteering countless hours to serve others. We congratulate them on this impressive achievement.”

Walters, director of respiratory therapy, has been a valued Jackson Hospital staff member since 1997, and has served as the director of respiratory care since 1999. Not only is Kay a registered respiratory therapist, she is also a neonatal and pediatric specialist, and a certified asthma educator. Kay also serves on the hospital’s Crash Cart Committee and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Prevention Team. Kay is also involved with several different community service projects in the area. She has organized fundraising efforts for local children to attend Camp Wheeze Away, a free summer camp for asthmatic children that provides the opportunity for them to attend overnight, under the supervision of healthcare professionals. The camp provides disease management education and entertaining activities for children who would not otherwise get to go to summer camp.

Dr. Coffey has served the Montgomery area as a family physician in private practice on Jackson Hospital’s campus since 2004. He provides general medicine and osteopathic medical services for his patients, mainly serving the elderly patient population in our community. Dr. Coffey has been an integral part of relief efforts in war-torn areas of Africa. He has played an instrumental role in providing valuable medical supplies to the people of Bosnia, Croatia, Siberia, and Sudan, as well taking time to travel to these areas to provide desperately-needed medical treatment. Dr. Coffey is board certified in family practice, neuromuscular medicine, and osteopathic manipulative Medicine. He serves as a member of the medical executive committee and as chairman of the credentials committee for Noland Hospital Montgomery, a long term care facility on Jackson’s Campus.

From the local winners, up to 10 state Hospital Heroes will be selected and honored at a banquet in February in Birmingham. One statewide Hospital Physician Hero will also be recognized in February.