By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 63rd Annual Meeting last week, honoring two local organizations for their contributions to the community. Business of the Year was awarded to Georgia Civil, an engineering company that has designed multiple projects throughout Morgan County. The Community Service Award was given to Morgan Memorial Hospital for the “above and beyond” efforts to provide quality healthcare to Morgan County.
“We have two outstanding awards to give out this year,” said Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, during the celebration dinner held at Farmview Market in Madison. According to the chamber, Georgia Civil was chosen for this year’s Business Award because of its contribution to “the Business Community and is a standout for their impact on the economy of Morgan County or goes beyond normal corporate operations to make the community stronger.”
Jason Brown, a leading engineer at Georgia Civil, accepted the award at Thursday night’s dinner on behalf of the company.
“We are enjoying living and working in this community,” said Brown.
We moved here, we have our business here and we have been really blessed in the last few years to work with the city, the county, the recreation department, the school system, and the hospital. We really appreciate this.”
Hughes presented the Community Service award to MMH, with Chairman Terry Evans accepting the award on behalf of the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority and staff.
“They hold a special place in my heart,” said Hughes. “We wanted to recognize them for their many programs and efforts that they have made in our community that are over and above providing quality health care.” Hughes noted that MMH has taken a proactive approach to public health by participating and organizing health fairs throughout the year, offering health screenings, blood drives, equipping school nurses and county facilities with first aid kits and supplies, and participating in the school system’s annual Teen Maze event, providing information to teens about the dangers of drinking, drugs, and unprotected sex.
Evans thanked the Chamber for the honor and turned the spotlight toward the rest of the MMHA board and staff for their unyielding effort in securing a new hospital in Morgan County.
“We need a new hospital so we can serve the people here in Morgan County, and we will because of these folks. We thank you all for your support in this,” said Evans. “Our board members worked so many hours and have done so many things to make this happen.”
Every year the chamber selects local organizations to honor at its annual meeting to show gratitude to those working day in and day out to improve the quality of life in Morgan County.
In a released statement, MMH CEO Ralph Castillo explained the hospital’s vision and role in the community.
“Along with financial viability and care and safety of the patient, community service is one of the three pillars on which we focus as we strive to become a patient-focused center of excellence. By keeping this mindset at the core of daily decision making, our staff members have continuously demonstrated what it means to be a community partner and I am most grateful to the Chamber for recognizing their hard work,” said Castillo. “At the end of the day Morgan Memorial Hospital is a community asset, and any investment by the community makes it more worthwhile. Morgan Memorial truly does matter.”
Evans was grateful to the chamber for taking notice of MMH’s efforts.
“I would like to thank the Chamber for recognizing our staff members with this honor. While caring for our citizens during times of medical need is always top of mind, it’s also important to us that we go outside the hospital walls and be a strong community partner during times of health. This recognition shows that our staff members have taken that message to heart and are living it in our community on a daily basis,” said Evans.