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The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Harriette Carter Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

The Medical Center of Central Georgia's Harriette Carter Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

MACON, GA (Monday, Dec. 19, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia's (MCCG) Harriette Carter was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Atlanta. Carter, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her outstanding fundraising efforts and volunteerism at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia, a service of MCCG. Nearly two decades ago, Carter experienced such kindness from hospice staff when her sister-in-law was placed under hospice care that she was inspired to become a volunteer. She spent the next 10 years comforting hospice patients and their families during their most difficult moments. She then served on a fundraising branch of the Medcen Community Health Foundation, which helps fund services of MCCG. She led Medcen's fundraising efforts of a $5.5 million campaign to fund a new free-standing hospice home, which opened in 2010.

When it came time to raise funds, Carter was one of the first to give. She communicated effectively with friends, family and local businesses about donating. Her intuitive sense of people and warm personality made her efforts prosperous.

In 2009, the monetary goal was reached, and the hospice house became a reality, but Carter's hard work didn't stop. She spearheaded efforts to recruit much-needed volunteers, as law requires a certain percentage of Georgia hospice services must provide care via volunteers.

“The construction of Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of Harriette Carter,” President of GHA Joe Parker said. “Because of her work, countless individuals can experience comfort during end-of-life care. She is a deserving recipient of this award.”

GHA's Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.