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Brad Herren with Good Samaritan Executive Director Tammi Sorrells (Left) and Good Samaritan Board Chairman Sally Long.

Brad Herren recognized during National Health Center Week

By Wayne Tidwell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center staff and volunteers call Brad Herren a hero and nominated him for the National Health Center Hero award. Although he wasn’t selected as the national hero, he received local recognition by those who know him as a one-of-a-kind super volunteer worthy of national recognition.

Herren has served in various volunteer roles at Good Samaritan since 2011, shortly after he retired as sales vice-president at Kimberly Clark. He was instrumental in spearheading the capital campaign to finance much needed new buildings at Good Samaritan as it transitioned from an all-volunteer health clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and once that was very successfully completed, agreed to become the building committee chairman, according the nomination letter. At the same time he was (and still is) serving on the board of directors and the executive committee. He also has served as vice chairman along with other duties.

“I am very proud of Brad and the recognition by his peers and co-volunteers,” Herren’s wife Beth said.

His nomination letter stated:

“He worked on the move from the old quarters, hung bulletin boards, saw that offices were adequately equipped, and many more duties. In this capacity he still continues. He was and still is the ‘energizer bunny.’ He has also been very generous with his personal financial support. The clinic would not be where it is today without Brad’s hard work and his very cheerful attitude at all times.

“On top of all of this he has planned and coordinated many fund raising events such as an annual benefit golf tournament, and the ‘Hoedown’ event in the fall, a really great community and family fundraiser.”

At the recognition event at the new Good Samaritan facility on August 14, hamburgers, hot dogs and home made ice cream were served to staff and volunteers who came to recognize Herren and celebrate his contributions to Good Samaritan. Executive Director Tammi Sorrells presented Brad with a Superman shirt and cape (and required him to wear it at the event).

“Thanks to everybody here,” Herren said to the crowd. “Everyone here is a hero because our number one mission is to take care of patients and you all do that.”

The week of August 13 is National Health Center week when health center “heroes” are recognized nationally.

“When the Hero award was brought to my attention we thought ‘now who would be good for this’ and of course we had no problem in choosing Brad,” Sorrells said.

In the nomination letter closing, the following statement was made about Herren’s contributions to the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center:

“All of this is said to emphasize what a vital role Brad has played in moving the interests and impact of Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center forward. He is most deserving of the Health Center Hero Award. He is truly Good Samaritan’s Hero.”

It was also announced at the recognition event that Pickens County had just received notice from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs that the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) has awarded the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center the COSCDA Award for Innovation.

Good Samaritan is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit health center that provides health services to the people of Pickens County and surrounding counties regardless of insurance status.

More information about Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center and how you can participate or donate can be found at goodsamhwc.org.

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