EAMC President named Grassroots Champion

EAMC President named Grassroots Champion

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) - Terry Andrus, president of East Alabama Medical Center, was recently recognized as an American Hospital Association (AHA) Grassroots Champion at the Alabama Hospital Association's (AlaHA) annual meeting in Destin.

As the 2015 Grassroots Champion, Andrus was recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community support of the important mission of hospitals.

The Grassroots Champion award is presented annually to one individual from each state, with winners nominated by the state associations and final selections made by the AHA.

"Our Association is fortunate to have leaders like Terry who give of their time and resources to ensure the important work of hospitals continues," said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. "Terry has served as chairman of our association twice, served on numerous committees and represented hospitals on various state boards, including the State Committee on Public Health.  He is a tireless advocate for hospitals and their patients."

Andrus began his tenure at East Alabama Medical Center in 1983 as its chief operating officer and was later named president and CEO.  Under his leadership, the Medical Center was named to Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," honored as one of the "Top 100 Heart Programs" in the United States for three consecutive years, and recognized for advancements in open heart surgery by being named a Premier Quality Award Distinguished Performer. EAMC has also been awarded the Alabama Quality Award for excellence in performance.   

He is a past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives' Regent's Award and SunHealth's Service to Alliance Award.  He is currently a board member for AuburnBank and chairman of the board of Camp Maranook. He served as past president of the Auburn and Opelika Chambers of Commerce, Opelika Kiwanis Club and United Way of Lee County, and he is a former member of the board of directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Premier, Inc.

Founded in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively serving the health care needs of Alabama, through advocacy, representation, education and service.

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