During their recent annual meeting, the Alabama Hospital Association honored two West Alabama leaders for excellence in the healthcare industry.

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Established in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association is a statewide trade organization dedicated to helping member hospitals effectively meet Alabama's healthcare needs through advocacy, representation, education, and service.

Tuscaloosa County Leader Receives Recognition

The Alabama Hospital Association honored Luke Standeffer, senior vice president and administrator of DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center. He received one of the Alabama Hospital Association's highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his significant achievements in hospital administration.

“It is a privilege to honor Luke with the Distinguished Service Award,” said Donald E. Williamson, president of Alabama Hospital Association. “He has been a tremendous leader with our Association for many years, consistently offering thoughtful perspectives to discussions and being unwavering his support of hospitals’ mission of providing quality hospital care.”

“Luke’s service to the Association is unparalleled,” said Williamson. “From his service on the Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman, to his service as president of the Birmingham Regional Hospital Council, president of the West Alabama Hospital Council, and chairman of numerous committees, he has demonstrated a consummate dedication to improving healthcare, making a significant impact not only in his community but across the entire state of Alabama.”

Leader Honored for Significant Impact within the Black Belt

Llevelyn Rhone was recognized with an Alabama Hospital Association Special Citation for ensuring access to quality healthcare in Black Belt counties. He is a businessman, a community advocate from Hale County, and the Black Belt HOPE initiative developer.

“Rhone is a true leader and collaborator,” said Mallary Myers, DNP, senior vice president & chief operating officer, DCH Health System.  “He is always looking for ways to secure funding and to develop partnerships to make that funding go further.  He has worked with local leaders, along with both the Alabama Department of Public Health and with the CDC, to implement targeted interventions in Black Belt counties.”

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Black Belt HOPE is a network of individuals and organizations in rural counties facing persistent poverty, dedicated to enhancing access to care, improving healthcare outcomes, and building local capacity within their communities.

“Rhone has made a tremendous impact on 12 Black Belt counties through the establishment of his community health worker program, positively improving the lives of more than 150,000 individuals,” stated Williamson.

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