Redmond Regional Medical Center Volunteer William James was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Annual Meeting on Nov. 11. James, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for his support of cancer patients and their families.
James is a volunteer at Redmond Regional Medical Center in the Dr. Gerald McCormick Cancer Center. James volunteers his time to visit with patients and their families, providing support for those experiencing a cancer diagnosis. By sharing his family’s personal experience with cancer, he is able to offer an additional level of support and empathy both to the newly diagnosed and to those returning to the oncology unit.
James is also the founder of SummitQuest, an organization that provides strength, hope and service to hospital patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. James’ idea for the group came after he suffered the loss of his father to cancer. Realizing that families of cancer patients need support as well, he designed SummitQuest to be the support they need. Programs, provided at no cost to the families, include a youth support group, outdoor adventure trips, and support efforts.
In addition to being responsible for the services provided by SummitQuest, James dedicates many hours on his own to the families. He has built wheelchair ramps, mowed lawns and delivered groceries to families affected by cancer. He delivers Christmas and birthday presents to children of cancer patients.
James has become known in the community as a voice for cancer patients and their families. Having been through the same experience, he knows that this kind of guidance cannot be overlooked when it comes to the cancer journey.
“Redmond Regional Medical Center and its cancer patients are fortunate to have an individual like William James,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “His personal commitment to ensuring that cancer patients and their families have tremendous support while navigating the difficult cancer journey is exceptional. He is most deserving of this award.”
“We are honored to have William James as a member of our Redmond family,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center. “William has done so much not only for oncology patients at Redmond, but also for oncology patients throughout the northwest Georgia community. He is truly deserving of this award.”