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Prestigious Legislator of the Year Award


Central Georgia Health System President and CEO Don Faulk Comments About Sen. Staton

MACON, GA (Feb. 9, 2011) – Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton was presented with the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) prestigious Legislator of the Year award. Sen. Staton, who received the award at the association's annual convention on Feb. 2 in Atlanta, was recognized for his relentless efforts in helping improve trauma care in the state.

"Senator Staton has been important to Georgia's healthcare community for many years and his support of the trauma funding amendment underscored his personal commitment to saving the lives of Georgians", said Don Faulk, President/CEO of The Medical Center of Central Georgia. "This award exemplifies a commitment to regional infrastructure for high quality healthcare for all patients and families and all of Georgia will benefit from his dedication to this issue. We congratulate him on this well deserved recognition."

Sen. Staton was first elected to the Senate in 2004, and participates in an ongoing effort to improve trauma care for the citizens of Georgia. Eight years ago, his involvement in a severe automobile accident and subsequent need for trauma care sparked his desire to become heavily involved in the issue. In 2007, he introduced a bill to create the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission, a group that oversees the Georgia Trauma Care Fund. Since then, he continues to fight for adequate funding to help save Georgia's ailing trauma care network.

Sen. Staton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England. He was recognized as the Rural Healthcare Legislator of the Year in 2008.

Please note: There is a photograph available of Sen. Staton receiving this photo. Please request from Nick West.