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(Smyrna, GA, October 1, 2009)—Barbara Kilgore, RN, Director of Education at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) was recently selected by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) to receive the organization’s prestigious “Hospital Hero” award.

Each year GHA selects eleven hospital employees, throughout the state of Georgia, who reflect exceptional nobility of purpose in their “life calling” to serve others.  According to GHA, their criteria for selecting individuals is to seek out those who are “leaders in their communities and those who continue to perform their jobs admirably for an extended period of time with little fanfare or recognition—heroic people who answer the call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that the local hospital can continue to serve as the community’s place of hope, healing and physical restoration.”

Ms. Kilgore was noted as an individual who meets such criteria.  In addition to working as the Director of Education at EAH, she serves as a Congregational Nurse at Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville, Georgia, and participates in various worldwide mission trips. Of particular note is her remarkable act of donating one of her kidneys in 2008 to a complete stranger.  In speaking about this noble deed Barbara comments, “I was touched by this young man’s need.  I know how I would feel if this were my child.  I would want someone to step up to the plate and try to help.”

A special GHA awards ceremony to honor the designated Hospital Heroes is scheduled for December.

Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is a not-for-profit facility operated by Adventist Health System (AHS) as a joint venture with Emory Healthcare.  The hospital is located at 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Ga.