Chamber and Hospital Recognize Dr. Joe Turner
The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) recently presented special awards to internal medical physician Dr. Joe Turner for serving as a pioneer for the local medical community.
The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce presented the Stafford Award to Dr. Joe Turner at its annual banquet on Jan. 29. The chamber recognized Dr. Turner for his achievements and community impact as an internal medicine physician, founder of Affinity Clinic and medical staff leader at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC). The award was presented by last year’s Stafford Award winner, Dr. David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Dr. Bridges said that Dr. Turner “was instrumental in recruiting more physicians to the area and shaping the services provided at Tift Regional Medical Center.” Established in 1974, the Stafford Award recognizes a local business leader who has made significant contributions to local economic growth.
February 14 will mark the 51st year that Dr. Joe Turner has served Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) as a medical staff physician. The team at the Heart and Vascular Center honored Dr. Turner at a luncheon in December with an achievement award for “blazing the early trail” in cardiology at TRMC. Before there were cardiologists on the TRMC medical staff, Dr. Turner was the only physician in the area who performed and interpreted cardiovascular studies.
Dr. Turner is the first to receive this award, which was developed by the Heart and Vascular Center’s Team Spirit Committee and Dr. Jonathan Tronolone. Recipients of the award are to embody the seven elements of the Heart and Vascular Charter, which was established in October and signed by all physicians and employees of the Center to commit to excellence in patient safety, the patient experience, and efficiency in the Center. The Center will continue this luncheon annually and will award The Joseph Turner Heart and Vascular Center Employee of the Year in Dr. Turner’s honor.
“The Heart and Vascular team was so honored to be able to present Dr. Turner with this award. His service and contributions have led to the success of TRMC and Cardiology. On behalf of all who have benefitted, we thank him for blazing the early trail,” states Demarius McRae, Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at TRMC.
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