Each year, GHA chooses 10 individuals for their contribution to the field of health care. Sandlin’s nomination included 11 expansions, the recruitment of more than 100 physicians and the decade-long process to obtain approval and construct The Hope Center, a regional cancer center offering radiation oncology, clinical trials and patient resources.
CMC Vice President of Quality Resources Phoebe Stieber helped write the award nomination, but reflecting on Sandlin’s career she spoke of his personal character rather than his accomplishments.
“He’s a person of unquestionable integrity and outstanding leadership,” Stieber said. “It’s hard to put into words really, but Keith is just a worthy role model and always desires to see the highest and safest care available in our community.
“I think the Hospital Hero is a reflection of the dedication and unselfishness we at the hospital see in Keith everyday.”
Another expansion project is now underway as evidenced by cranes constructing a new patient floor above the CMC North Tower and work taking place at the hospital’s emergency department. The current project will eliminate all semi-private patient rooms, effectively double the size of the emergency department, renovate all patient rooms and give the hospital’s exterior an aesthetic facelift.
“Under Keith Sandlin’s guidance, Cartersville Medical Center has grown leaps and bounds over the past 25 years,” said Joe Parker, president of GHA. “He leads by example, and the community and hospital have benefited greatly from his dedication to health care and the care of patients. He is a deserving recipient of this award.”
Sandlin expressed gratitude for the recognition and cited CMC physicians and staff members for the facility’s success.
“I am grateful and very humbled upon receiving this award from the Georgia Hospital Association,” Sandlin said. “I appreciate the support of my colleagues and all of the healthcare professionals across the state of Georgia. Certainly, I accept the award on behalf of all the staff of Cartersville Medical Center — the employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers — who do a terrific job every day. They’re the real heroes in this business.”
The hospital’s parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, is one of the largest private operators of healthcare facilities in the world, encompassing about 163 hospitals and 110 surgery centers throughout America and England. Sandlin was recognized earlier this year for his 35th anniversary with and the company, employing nearly 200,000 people, announced him as its longest tenured CEO at any HCA facility.
Sandlin was praised in his award recognition not only for his career, but also for civic involvement with the Cartersville Rotary Club and the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce in addition to serving on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board for Six Southeastern States.
For more information on GHA and Hospital Heroes, visit www.tiny.cc/hospitalheroes.