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                    Hospital Association honors Stroud

Long-time Athens Regional Medical Center Board Member Howard B. Stroud Sr., holding plaque, displays his Georgia Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award at the association's annual convention in Atlanta recently. Standing with Stroud, from left, are 2004 GHA Chairman Don Faulk, Stroud's wife Bettye and ARMC President and CEO Jack Drew.

The Georgia Hospital Association recently presented its 2005 Distinguished Service Award to Howard B. Stroud Sr., long-time local educator and board member of Athens Regional Medical Center/Athens Regional Health Services. The presentation was made at GHA's Annual Convention and Exposition held recently in Atlanta. This prestigious award is given each year to two Georgians who serve as hospital trustees or community leaders and have made significant contributions to improving health care in Georgia. Romeo Adams, former chairman of the Ty Cobb Healthcare System Board, was the other award recipient.

For the past 20 years, Stroud has served on the governing board of ARMC/Athens Regional Health Services for the past two decades, and as its chairman for 12 of those years.

During Stroud's tenure on the Athens Regional board, the organization has undergone four major hospital expansion projects totaling more than $100 million and has established major outpatient facilities for urgent care, radiology and imaging, and laboratory diagnostics.

The most significant achievement was the development of a cardiology and cardiovascular program that has received national recognition.

A retired teacher, principal and school superintendent, he is a supporter of public education and community development. He is a member of and has served in various official capacities with organizations including the YMCA, Athens Regional Library, Classic City Elks Lodge, Sandy Creek Nature Center, Morton Theater and the United Way.


Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, March 20, 2005