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Charity a Finalist in National Contest

February 14, 2012

Augusta, GA – A nationwide charity, locally sponsored, has made Doctors Hospital one of 38 finalists in the 2011 Hospital Charitable Service Awards. 

In the summer of 2011, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Doctors Hospital began “Wheels for the World.”  The charitable organization accepts new and used medical equipment, sending them to prisons where they are refurbished and shipped to 3rd world countries for those in need.  In total, Doctors Hospital has collected more than 50 wheelchairs and hundreds of crutches, walkers, canes and related repair parts.

“This is something that we started to help those who can’t help themselves.  It allows our community to donate medical items they no longer need to improve the lives of others who have no way of obtaining them,” said Dean Beasley, Director of Inpatient Rehab.  “I never dreamed that we would be a finalist for such an incredible award, it’s such an honor, win or lose.”

Jackson Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia, established the Awards in 2010 to identify and cultivate a community of hospital programs around new standards for health and wellness in their communities.   The awards program strives to share the stories of hospitals that regularly and uniquely surpass the fundamental mission of providing healthcare services, and generously give back to their communities in unique ways.

“It makes me feel proud to know that I’m part of a hospital that not only extends its hand out to those in our own community, but to those in other parts of the world who have never met us and probably never will,” said Doug Welch, CEO at Doctors Hospital. 

Award recipients – designated as Programs of Excellence – will be announced at a banquet after the national hospital charitable services conference on Thursday, February 16th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The programs will share in a $100,000 award fund.

Click here to watch the video Doctors Hospital submitted for the contest