Health care from the heart celebrated in hospital week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2016

For one week every year, the nation’s healthcare leaders pause to celebrate and recognize the millions of healthcare professionals – from dieticians to physicians, administrative support to engineers – who make safe, high quality, compassionate healthcare available in communities across the country.


From May 15-21st, Andalusia Health is proud to join the American Hospital Association for National Hospital Week and honor the hard work, commitment and dedication of the men and women who are the heart of our hospital.

National Hospital Week also commends the many contributions that hospitals make in big cities, small towns and rural regions across the United States each day.

For example, Andalusia Health provides more than just healthcare services close to home. It is an integral part of our community’s economic health, providing jobs for 320 individuals, offering important health education courses for the community, and providing $24,680 in charity care each year.

“We consider it a privilege to serve the healthcare needs of Covington County, and we are continuously looking for new ways to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said John Yanes, CEO of Andalusia Health. “Each day, our staff strives to enhance quality care and patient safety; expand the services we provide to better meet the needs of the community; improve our patients’ healthcare experiences; and reach out to people in need. We are proud of what we do – both within our hospital walls and outside of them – to contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of our region.”

Over the course of the past year, Andalusia Health has added seven new physicians to its medical staff including a cardiologist, a podiatrist, an OB/Gyn, an orthopedist, an urologist, and two otolaryngologists (ENT). Andalusia Health has also been designated a Blue Cross Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, received high marks on the National Pediatric Readiness Project, and has been named a top performer on key measures by the Joint Commission.

“We want to create places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work,” said CEO, John Yanes. “We are so thankful to the men and women who work at Andalusia Health for delivering high quality, compassionate care each and every day. It’s an honor to work alongside such an exemplary team, and I hope the community will join me in celebrating all of our dedicated employees during this special week.”