Springhill's Steve Goren Honored as Statewide Hospital Hero

February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM – Steve Goren, RN, BSN, director cardiac rehab/pulmonary therapy/mitral valve prolapse at Springhill Medical Center, was recently honored as a statewide “Hospital Hero” at a luncheon in Birmingham hosted by the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA). 

The association’s ninth annual contest is an effort to honor the dedication of hospital employees and to highlight health careers.  Up to 10 local Hospital Heroes were chosen in each of seven regional areas of the state, and from that pool, 10 men and women were selected as statewide heroes. 

Steve Goren, RN, BSN, has been with Springhill Medical Center since 2003 when he took over a new program – cardiac rehab/pulmonary therapy/mitral valve prolapse – in its early stages of operation. He is attributed with growing the program from 2,000 patient visits per year in 2003 to the current level of 10,000 patient visits per year. With 29 years of health care experience, Mr. Goren has been a key member on several important hospital committees as part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to improve patient care. These include the team that reviews cardiac cases to ensure all of the proper clinical steps are being taken to ensure a successful outcome, the team that works to improve the hospital’s diabetes program and expand offerings for patients with diabetes, and the team that strives to reduce readmissions for patients with heart failure.

A colleague said, “What’s most impressive about Steve is his willingness to take on additional responsibilites, such as participating in community lectures and various health fairs, to educate the public about health risks related to pulmonary and cardiac health.”  He is also very active with the American Lung Association’s camp for children with pulmonary issues, volunteering since 1992 and donating at least a week of his time every year in addition to other time spent in preparation for the camp.

Springhill President/CEO Mr. Jeff St. Clair said, “Steve is so deserving of this award because he truly cares about his patients and has raised the bar on our program here.  He is constantly making improvements that benefit his programs, our patients, the hospital, and the community.  He takes on a multitude of additional responsibilities with a smile and is always looking for more ways to help patients.”

There was also one physician selected as the state’s Hospital Physician Hero, John M. Kerr, II, M.D., of Marion Regional Medical Center in Hamilton.

“The men and women we have honored truly represent the best in health care,” said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “Each of these dedicated individuals views their profession as more than a job; they consider it a calling.”

In addition to Goren, the other Heroes recognized included: Darryl Nevell Searcy, grounds consultant, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, Brewton; Libby Junkin, R.T., (R)(CT) (ARRT), radiology department advanced registry technician, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa; Deborah Owen, M.Ed., LPC, director of psychiatric services, East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika; Bobbie Edwards, central sterile technician, Flowers Hospital, Dothan; Jerria Carter, RN – Radiation Oncology, Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Gadsden; Tiffany Watkins, RN, neonatal intensive care unit, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville; Kay Walters, MBA, RRT-NPS, AE-C, director, respiratory care, Jackson Hospital, Montgomery; Samuel Curtis Shortt, RN, telemetry, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan; and Sherry Cole, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. The 2012 Hospital Physician Hero was John M. Kerr, II, MD, family practice physician, Marion Regional Medical Center, Hamilton.