Dale Sayler, RN, Care Coordinator with Healthy Communities, Navicent Health, Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

Healthy Communities, Navicent Health Care Coordinator Dale Sayler, RN, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on Nov. 2 in Atlanta. Sayler, who was one of only five health care workers statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her strong dedication to her patients both in and out of the hospital.

Sayler is an extremely caring and compassionate nurse and assists her patients through motivational interviewing, care planning and family counseling. She has helped countless individuals achieve optimal health and wellness through education, enhanced access to community services and finding their places in the community. However, one patient in particular shows just how dedicated she is to ensuring the wellbeing of her patients. Louis Walker was a Navicent Health patient diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Unfortunately, his illness caused him to miss work and rent payments, which eventually led to homelessness. He found a place to stay at the Salvation Army in Macon and took his meals at an area kitchen.

Eventually, Walker underwent heart surgery at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. During his recovery, he met Sayler, who not only helped him with his immediate recovery, but has helped him on his health journey ever since. In addition to assisting with his medical care by driving him to doctors’ appointments, she also helped him apply for an apartment, completing the necessary paperwork and making several phone calls to see exactly what forms and documents were needed. Today, Walker remains healthy, is employed with a home of his own, and is giving back to his community. Thanks to Sayler’s generosity, he has become a productive member of society.

“Great nurses recognize that patient care doesn’t always end when a patient is discharged,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “Many patients benefit from the kindness of health care workers like Dale Sayler and are then able to return to an even better quality of life. We are pleased to recognize Dale’s efforts with this award.”

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Navicent Health Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.

About GHA

Founded in 1929, GHA serves more than 170 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia’s citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit gha.org.


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