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Atrium Health Navicent Nurse Receives Statewide Hospital Hero Award

Meryl Montgomery honored for longtime dedication to the hospital system and devotion to patients

Atrium Health Navicent registered nurse Meryl Montgomery was honored today as a recipient of the prestigious Georgia Hospital Hero Award presented by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). Montgomery, who was one of only five health care workers statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her longtime dedication to the hospital and her devotion to being an advocate for her patients.

In her role as director of Atrium Health Navicent’s American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, Montgomery is responsible for nursing quality initiatives and improving hospital procedures through the involvement of bedside nurses.

“In her 47-year career as a nurse, Meryl has made a difference in the lives of countless patients and hospital teammates, and is very deserving of this award,” said Atrium Health Navicent Chief Nurse Executive Tracey Blalock. “Meryl is the type of nursing leader who is often encouraging nurses to think outside the box to devise solutions and her dedication to nursing shows in everything that she does. Congratulations to Meryl and thanks to the Georgia Hospital Association for this recognition.”

Montgomery is the leader of the ANCC Magnet Champions for the central Georgia area and has guided Atrium Health Navicent through four ANCC Magnet Recognition Program designations. She also has been responsible for many other initiatives and spearheaded key projects impacting patient safety.

“Atrium Health Navicent and the Macon community are fortunate to have Meryl’s expertise, dedication, and utmost commitment to improving patient care,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “She is well-respected in the health care community, and we are pleased to honor her with this award.”

About GHA

Founded in 1929, GHA serves nearly 150 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia's citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit