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November 10, 2011 - Two USA Hospital Employees Named Alabama "Hospital Heroes" - Archived
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“Hospital Heroes” Lynne Godwin and Naja Hadad, third and fourth from left in the front row, are joined by USA Medical Center Operating Room Nurse Manager Jennifer Hines and Assistant Administrator Lisa Mestas and USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Chief Medical Technologist Mike McPherson. Back row from left are Vice President for the USA Health System Stan Hammack, USA Medical Center Assistant Administrator Elmer Sellers and USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Administrator Owen Bailey.

MOBILE – Two University of South Alabama hospital employees with more than 50 years of experience in health care have been recognized by the Alabama Hospital Association as regional Hospital Heroes for their contributions to health care excellence.

Naja Hadad of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and Lynne Godwin of USA Medical Center were among ten regional hospital employees recognized at a reception hosted by the Southwest Alabama Regional Hospital Council of the Alabama Hospital Association.

Hadad, a medical technologist supervisor with certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, has served as the laboratory night shift supervisor at Children’s & Women’s for more than a decade and has been part of the USA Health System for 24 years. While working full-time, he has earned two master’s degrees.

Hadad’s co-workers describe him as a leader, mentor and friend, as well as being consistently kind, caring, hard-working and courteous. "His kindness and hospitality know no bounds," said one. “He regularly goes over and above for those in need, and to show others that they are valued and appreciated. He is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the lab and is often sought out to handle difficult challenges or questions.”

“Those who work closely with him on a daily basis have only the highest opinion of him,” read another quote from his nomination. “Naja is a gentle person who prefers to lead by example. He does not dictate, but always gives choices and respects our decisions. He practices amazing restraint. I have seen him act with utmost civility in very tense situations. I have never witnessed him raise his voice, even a little.”

Godwin, a registered nurse, is the nurse supervisor of the Endoscopy Center at USA Medical Center. She has 26 years of health care experience and has been with USA since 1995. Godwin has been an integral part of the development and renovation of endoscopy services at USA Medical Center and has coordinated staffing, scheduling and equipment needs to accommodate the significant growth in patient volume.

“Lynne is always looking for ways to improve positive patient outcomes and experiences by developing a rapport with our patients,” one colleague said. “She also assists the physicians in research and provides information to administration in order to add new preventive medicine procedures.”

Outside her work, Godwin is active in her church. She participates in the bus ministry, Vacation Bible study, church camp, prayer, healing and hospital visitation programs. For many years, she has sponsored mission children from Ecuador, Central America and Romania. She is also active at health fairs, focusing especially on colon cancer prevention.

The regional recognition was held as part of the state hospital association's eighth annual statewide “Hospital Heroes” contest, which recognizes the accomplishments and compassion of hospital employees and highlights health careers.

The contest culminates in February where up to ten of the regional winners will be honored as statewide heroes.

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