Springhill's Garcia Honored As Hospital Hero

November 30, 2010

Julio R. Garcia, CHT, RN, BSN, director for the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Springhill Medical Center, was one of 10 area hospital employees honored for their dedication to the health care field by the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).
The luncheon was one of seven regional awards presentations held in November and December as part of the association’s eighth-annual statewide “Hospital Heroes” contest, an effort to recognize the great accomplishments and compassion of hospital employees and to highlight health careers. The contest culminated with a banquet in February where up to 10 of the regional winners will be honored as statewide heroes.
“Throughout Alabama, our hospitals are filled with caregivers that make each of their patients and co-workers feel special, that go beyond the call of duty to make sure their hospitals deliver the best quality health care,” said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “The task of choosing only 10 from each area is extremely difficult, but we are honored to be able to recognize a few health care workers in each region that passionately serve their patients and work to raise the bar in their facilities.”
As director for the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Springhill Medical Center, Julio Garcia works tirelessly to get all providers involved in a patient’s care on the same page to address the issues.  Hospital personnel report that Mr. Garcia’s dedication to bring teams together to address cases has led to better outcomes and an increased percentage of limbs that are able to be saved. “It’s because of his attitude to resist the easiest course of action and take the level of care to a dramatic new level that results in much better outcomes for patients,” said a co-worker. He is well respected in his field and is frequently asked to speak at conferences across the nation. Despite his successes, Mr. Garcia always finds time to help those in need. He coordinates wound care at Victory Health Partners, a non-profit, volunteer-driven medical facility serving the uninsured and underinsured in the area. He also serves as chairman of Mobile’s Save A Leg Save A Life chapter and educator and surveyor of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.