FACES AND PLACES: Coliseum Health System announces award recipients

Coliseum Health System celebrated the announcement of the 2014 HCA Awards of Distinction at both Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital. To receive the national Frist Humanitarian Award or Excellence in Nursing Award is the corporation’s highest honor.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., a founder of HCA.

The 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients for Coliseum Medical Centers are Norman Bostic, employee recipient; Alex Barringer, volunteer recipient; and Mitch Rodriguez, physician recipient.

The 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients for Coliseum Northside Hospital are Marcie Meelaphsom, employee recipient; Joyce Norris, volunteer recipient; and Valerie Jones-Freeman, physician recipient.

New this year, the Excellence in Nursing Awards recognize the core value of nursing practice while providing the highest quality of care. The recipients of these awards are Elaine Simms at Coliseum Northside Hospital and Karol Upchurch at Coliseum Medical Centers.Triumph Aerostructures--Vought Aircraft Division, based in Milledgeville, was named Large Manufacturer of the Year at the annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week Governor’s Awards luncheon in Atlanta. This event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recognizes top manufacturers across the state based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence.

Triumph has been in operation for more than 40 years in Milledgeville and was nominated for the award by Central Georgia Technical College.Mr. Electric of Middle Georgia has earned the service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an A rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The company must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter hired Keaton Griner as the incoming sponsorship and special programs coordinator. Keaton is replacing Teresa Hawk, who has served in the role for the past 10 years.

Griner, a native of Moultrie, has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from the University of Georgia.

Hawk has been a part of the fairgrounds since 1990, and she will retire May 13.Aubrey Camp, Erik Haygood, Haley Massey and Mitch Smyth have been promoted to regional sales supervisors in the Macon Geico office.

Camp started in 2013 as a sales agent. She has completed the supervisor preparation program.

Haygood began his career in 2014 in the management development program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Massey joined the team in 2014 also in the management development program. She has a bachelor’s degree of business with an emphasis in marketing from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Smyth started in 2012 as a sales agent. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Middle Georgia State College.Mimi Ford, associate professor of accounting at Middle Georgia State, has been elected to serve as an officer for the North American Accounting Society. She will serve as vice president of academics in 2016, the president-elect in 2017 and president in 2018. Also, she will serve as program chair for the 2017 North American Accounting Society conference.

Ford has been teaching at what is now Middle Georgia State since 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Mercer University School of Law.