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USA Health staff receive Exceptional Citizenship Awards from Mobile’s mayor

Six USA Health staff members were recognized this week with the Exceptional Citizenship Award by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

Published Feb 23rd, 2021

By Casandra Andrews
candrews@health.southalabama.edu

For their extraordinary efforts to provide healthcare services during a global pandemic, six USA Health staff members were recognized this week with the Exceptional Citizenship Award by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

The mayor awarded medals and certificates to Owen Bailey, USA Health CEO; Dr. Michael Chang, USA Health Chief Medical Officer; Sam Dean, University Hospital administrator; Natalie Fox, DNP, assistant administrator and chief nursing officer for USA Health Physicians Group; Sarah Kahalley, director of clinical resources for USA Health Physicians Group, and Haley Kirby, now patient navigator and coordinator for USA Health neurosurgery.

“These awards recognize the creative and persistent efforts of those who have worked to protect the health and safety of Mobilians by helping our community test for and vaccinate against COVID-19,” Stimpson said. “All of these individuals, and many others, have played direct or supporting roles in setting up a testing and vaccination site at the Mobile Civic Center. When there is a crisis, you find out who has courage because they step up and shine during those challenging times.”

Since the spring of 2020, USA Health has partnered with the City of Mobile to offer drive-through COVID-19 testing. In January 2021, the partnership was expanded to offer drive-through COVID-19 vaccinations at the Mobile Civic Center arena. USA Health has given more than 23,000 shots since vaccinations first began in Mobile on Dec. 15, 2020.

The mayor also recognized employees from the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department and Mobile-based Synergy Laboratories during a surprise ceremony held on Monday at the Mobile Civic Center.

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