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November 8, 2012 - USA Children’s & Women’s Employee Named “Hospital Hero”

Hospital Hero Rebecca Pope, center, is flanked from left by Chris Jett, assistant hospital administrator; Carol Druckenmiller, assistant hospital administrator; husband, Jay Pope and Owen Bailey, hospital administrator.

A University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital employee hailed as a “team player” has been recognized by the Alabama Hospital Association as a regional Hospital Hero for her contributions to health care excellence.

Rebecca Pope, director of respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary services, has been part of the USA Health System since 1990 and has been at Children’s & Women’s the last 15 years. 

“Rebecca truly leads by example,” said Carol Druckenmiller, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital assistant administrator, who nominated Pope.  “Using a positive attitude and team player approach, she leads her department to deliver excellent care and service and to keep patient care at the forefront of everything we do.”

Pope was cited for her creativity in difficult times.  As an example, the past year was challenging for the hospital’s staff because of an increase in patients and a rise in the number of patients requiring ventilators.  Pope worked to implement a more cost-efficient nitrous oxide contract that resulted in significant cost savings.  Additionally, the respiratory therapists under her direction increased their procedures by 28 percent without hiring additional staff.

Her colleagues also expressed appreciation for the morale building events she organizes, such as impromptu celebrations and T-shirts for special events.  Beyond the contributions she has made to her department, Pope also played a role in the opening of a new adult epilepsy monitoring unit at the USA Medical Center and serves on the advisory board of USA’s cardiopulmonary department.  She is also a member of the Junior League of Mobile and has served as a Girl Scout troop leader.

Pope was among six regional hospital employees recognized at a reception hosted by the Southwest Alabama Regional Hospital Council of the Alabama Hospital Association.  It is one of seven regional awards presentations held as part of the association's tenth 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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