Nicole Boatwright, Bernard Roberson, Erica Steed and David Andrews accept the Harry Orme, M.D., Partnership Award for exemplary Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

GRHealth earns award for effectively partnering with patients

AUGUSTA, Ga. – GRHealth was presented the prestigious Harry Orme, M.D., Partnership Award for exemplary Patient- and Family-Centered Care at the national PFCC Conference in October in California.

The award was established in 2013 to recognize a patient family advisor and a professional health care team whose partnership has resulted in authentic patient- and family-centered care practice and culture. Orme, the founding medical director at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California, valued the contribution and engagement of the families of children he treated, setting the stage for respectful partnerships. He created a culture of respect, dignity and support and embodied the provider-patient partnership for which PFCC is intended.

GRHealth has been developing and integrating PFCC principles for more than two decades and is recognized across the globe as a pioneer and leader in this proven health care philosophy.

Last year, the Caregiver Action Network – one of the nation’s leading family caregiver organizations – named Georgia Regents Medical Center to its list of 25 of the Nation’s Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement. Only nine U.S. hospital systems were recognized, and GRHealth was the only one in Georgia.

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Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or

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