Cullman Area Physician Named North Alabama Hospital Hero
Five area hospital employees and one area physician were honored for their dedication to the health care field recently at a luncheon in Decatur hosted by the North Alabama Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).
The luncheon is one of seven regional awards presentations being held as part of AlaHA’s 10th annual statewide “Hospital Hero” award contest, which recognizes the value of health careers and honors hospital employees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the health care field. The contest will culminate with a banquet in February where up to 10 of the regional winners will be honored as statewide Hospital Heroes. One statewide Hospital Physician Hero will also be recognized in February.
“AlaHA is honored to recognize those outstanding caregivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help their co-workers and to make their patients feel special,” said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “These amazing individuals deserve to be called heroes not only because they are an inspiration to their colleagues, but also because they have raised the bar in terms of what it means to provide exceptional patient care.”
Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is proud to announce that the Hospital Hero Physician Honoree is Jeremy V. Stidham, MD, chair of the medicine department and chief of internal medicine at CRMC.
Jeremy Stidham, MD is an internist with Cullman Internal Medicine and is also an active member of the medical staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC), serving as the chief of internal medicine and the chairman of the medicine department. Dr. Stidham is the newly appointed medical director for North Alabama Community Care, which seeks to improve primary care provided to patients covered by Medicaid. The senior leadership team at CRMC has credited Dr. Stidham with leading the cause to open a clinic focused on providing much-needed care to Medicaid patients. In his clinic, he not only provides primary care to patients, but also ensures that patients discharged from the hospital get the follow up care needed to keep them healthy and avoid a readmission to the hospital.
“The community is grateful to Dr. Stidham for his opening of a clinic specifically seeing patients with Medicaid insurance,” said Jim Weidner, president and CEO of CRMC. “It’s a rarity for any physician to have such community commitment to assure all have access to good quality primary care.”
Dr. Stidham is also an active board member of the CRMC Foundation and supports many hospital events promoting health and wellness, in addition to providing community educational programs for senior groups in the area.
For more information on CRMC Physicians, visit the online Physician Directory or call the CRMC Physician Referral Line at (256) 737-2588.