Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation


Dr. Joseph M. Turner “Outstanding Employee Recognition Award”

The Heart and Vascular Center at Tift Regional Health System recently awarded the Dr. Joseph M. Turner “Outstanding Employee Recognition Award” to Teresa Hawkins. This award was established in honor of Dr. Joe Turner for his contributions to the improvement of healthcare. Dr. Turner has been an influential member of the medical staff at Tift Regional for over 51 years. When he began his career, he was one of twelve physicians. He was the founder of Affinity Health Group, and has been a key component in the growth at Tift Regional. He was involved with the purchase of the first cardiac monitor, defibrillator and cardioverter, which was instrumental in establishing Tift General’s first Intensive Care Unit. He also introduced Exercise Testing, which eventually led to Stress Testing, Intracardiac pressure monitoring, Cardiac Echo Doppler, Carotid Echo Doppler and Venous Ultrasound. He not only introduced new technology, but was also instrumental in recruiting several of the area physicians, forever changing heart health. “We, in the Heart and Vascular Department are thankful that Dr. Turner continues to actively participate in all our efforts. He is able to provide a seasoned and thoughtful approach that continues to make a difference,” states Dr. Bill Hancock, co-manager of the Heart and Vascular Center. Due to Dr. Turner’s dedication to heart health, his peers in the Heart and Vascular Center have established this award in his honor. The award is given by the Heart and Vascular Center’s Team Spirit (Pom-Pom) committee. This group has been beneficial in providing a positive work environment; as well as improving morale. This award is presented to an individual who continuously strives to improve quality, patient safety and the management of population health. Other goals are to enhance patient experience; as well as reduce costs and improve efficiency. Teresa Hawkins, with the Heart and Vascular Center, was the third recipient of this award; as well as the Heart and Vascular Center Employee of the Year. She was noted for her dedication and great attitude towards fellow coworkers; as well as patients and their families. She is also known for being a hardworking individual that always puts others needs above her own. Teresa has been with Tift Regional for 5 years.

Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation, initially formed with the mission of ensuring health care for our region, provides a myriad of ways for people to directly impact the lives of others. Patients and family members, TRMCF employees, physicians, health care workers and the general public all give to support Foundation programs that support direct patient needs; purchase needed medical equipment, provide nursing scholarships and fund patient education, along with many other forms of assistance. Our Foundation grows every year - new members join our ranks and new methods of giving are established...call today to learn how you can be a part of our legacy of giving.

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Dr. John Dorminy remembered for his devotion and service

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