Emory Eastside recognizes three with its Frist Awards

SNELLVILLE -- Emory Eastside Medical Center has honored three workers with its annual Frist Humanitarian Awards.

Each year, parent company Hospital Corporation of America honors a volunteer, employee and physician that embraces the humanitarian philanthropic spirit from each of its facilities. Emory Eastside's winners this year are volunteer Joanne Gilbreath, employee Roberta Dodson and physician Dr. Sean Sue.

All three local winners are now in the running for national honors.

"We are extremely proud to recognize these recipients for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community," Emory Eastside CEO Kim Ryan said. "Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for health care professionals."

Gilbreath has volunteered at Emory Eastside for the last six years, logging 5,415 hours of community service. In addition to involvement with the Salvation Army, Gilbreath has served in a number of positions at the hospital and served as a liaison between Emory Eastside and the New London nursing home.

Dodson, a nurse with 21 of her 30 years' experience at Emory Eastside, is known for her compassion, Ryan said.

"Her care for her patients extends well beyond the walls of our hospital," Ryan said. "She has been known to take previous patients and their families for doctor's appointments and bring them meals."

Sue is often called "the people's doctor" by patients and colleagues. Outside of his responsibilities at Emory Eastside, Dr. Sue served as the medical director for DeKalb County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, provided medical oversight to all protocols, field treatment and education for EMTs and paramedics, Ryan said.

Sue also served as the designating physician at Cornerstone Community Healthcare Center, a free health care clinic helping residents of Walton, Newton and Jasper counties.

"Undoubtedly, our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns (these three) demonstrate each day," Ryan said.