Community Leadership Award Winner

2023 - Atrium Health Navicent

The 2023 Community Leadership Award winner is Atrium Health Navicent in Macon. In 2016, the hospital created a new department called “Healthy Communities” to increase access to medical care and reduce disparities, resulting in increased health care equity. By harnessing the expertise of a diverse team, Healthy Communities aims to go beyond traditional clinical care by tackling the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes, or social determinants of health. The program has helped reduce hospital readmissions, achieve extended life expectancy, and enhance community partnerships. Healthy Communities is also addressing food insecurity through its Food as Medicine Market, which provides patients and community members with access to nutritious foods and nutrition education. Thanks to the success of Healthy Communities, several community stakeholders have inquired about how to expand the Food as Medicine Market, and state organizations have expressed interest in collaborating with Atrium Health Navicent on various initiatives.

Past Community Leadership Award Winners

2020 - Effingham Health System

2019 - Augusta University Health

2018 - Floyd Medical Center

2017 - Archbold Medical Center

2016 - Cartersville Medical Center and Rockdale Medical Center

2015 - South Georgia Medical Center

2014 - Houston Healthcare and Tanner Health System

2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth

2012 - St. Francis Hospital

2011 - Habersham Medical Center

2010 - Tanner Health System

2009 - Archbold Medical Center and South Georgia Medical Center

2008 - Memorial Hospital and Manor and Southeast Georgia Health System

2007 - Colquitt Regional Medical Center and Memorial Health

2006 - Houston Healthcare and Community Health Works

2005 - Floyd Medical Center and Grady Health System

2004 - St. Joseph's/Candler

2003 - DeKalb Medical

2002 - Clearview Regional Medical Center

2001 - Brooks County Hospital

2000 - Columbus Regional Health

1999 - Union Mission, Inc. - Savannah

1998 - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Callaway Foundation & Fuller E. Callaway Foundation