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November 14, 2012

CRMC’s Stidham honored as a Hospital Hero


Cullman Regional Medical Center

CULLMAN — Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Jeremy V. Stidham was honored for his dedication to the healthcare field today at a luncheon in Decatur hosted by the North Alabama Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).

The luncheon is one of seven regional awards presentations being held as part of AlaHA’s 10th annual statewide “Hospital Hero” award contest, which recognizes the value of health careers and honors hospital employees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the health care field. The contest will culminate with a banquet in February where up to 10 of the regional winners will be honored as statewide Hospital Heroes. One statewide Hospital Physician Hero will also be recognized in February.

Jeremy Stidham, MD, is an internist with Cullman Internal Medicine and is also an active member of the medical staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC), serving as the chief of internal medicine and the chairman of the medicine department. Dr. Stidham is the newly appointed medical director for North Alabama Community Care, which seeks to improve primary care provided to patients covered by Medicaid. The senior leadership team at CRMC has credited Dr. Stidham with leading the cause to open a clinic focused on providing much-needed care to Medicaid patients.  In his clinic, he not only provides primary care to patients, but also ensures that patients discharged form the hospital get the follow up care needed to keep them healthy and avoid a readmission to the hospital.

“The community is grateful to Dr. Stidham for his opening of a clinic specifically seeing patients with Medicaid insurance,” said Jim Weidner, president and CEO of CRMC. “It’s a rarity for any physician to have such community commitment to assure all have access to good quality primary care.” Dr. Stidham is also an active board member of the CRMC Foundation and supports many hospital  events promoting health and wellness, in addition to providing community educational programs for senior groups in the area.

The Alabama Hospital Association, based in Montgomery, is a statewide trade organization that represents more than 100 hospitals and numerous other health care providers in their efforts to provide quality health care.