The Council on Volunteer Services of the Georgia Hospital Association recently awarded Paul Theriot, CEO of East Georgia Regional Medical Center, its CEO of the Year award at the annual conference held last month in Augusta.
Each year, the Council on Volunteer Services honors an outstanding Volunteer Coordinator, an outstanding CEO, and community outreach awards throughout the Georgia Hospital Association.
“We Auxilians have a great deal of respect and affection for the hospital personnel with whom we work and to whom we report,” said Linda Holloway, awards chairman. “We take pride in all they do for us. Their interest, efforts, encouragement and support help make our auxiliaries the effective organization they are.”
David Keene, president of the East Georgia Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, nominated Theriot for this award. “The management of our hospital changed in April 2016 when Mr. Theriot arrived as the new Chief Executive Officer,” Keene’s nomination read. “He came to Statesboro with a plan: a plan to renovate our facility, a plan to put in place aggressive staff, a plan to improve communications with the Auxiliary, and a plan to involve the local community.
“Paul has become a very good friend of the Auxiliary. Mr. Theriot has partnered with the Auxiliary, making sure the members are aware of the physical changes that are occurring in the facility. He meets with the Auxiliary Board regularly, listening, encouraging, and providing support and direction. He is not a silent partner. He ensures that members of his staff are available to answer any questions we may have about events, providing assistance to ensure the promotion of the Auxiliary with our local community outreach programs.”
Theriot was invited to the Council’s Annual Conference in Augusta as a guest, unknowing that he would be named CEO of the Year.
With great humility, he accepted his award as CEO of the Year and addressed the crowd by saying, “I am humbled by this recognition today. I have a great group of people at my hospital that I am blessed to work with, but our volunteers are truly special to me. A huge thank you goes to the East Georgia Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for the nomination and to Georgia Hospital Association for selecting me.”