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Hattiesburg Clinic Physicians Among Hospital’s 2017 Award Winners

Hattiesburg Clinic Physicians Among Hospital’s 2017 Award Winners

Multiple physicians from Hattiesburg Clinic were honored at Forrest General Hospital’s annual Employee Christmas Celebration in December 2017.

Among those honored were the annual Philip W. Rogers Award recipients. These annual awards are presented to healthcare workers who exemplify commitment to the field of medicine and excellence in patient care. The award was presented to four individuals based on nominations received from their peers. Each winner represents one of Rogers’ most admirable characteristics – humanitarian, innovator, leader and mentor.

Ujwal Neravetla, MD, hospitalist with Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service, was honored with the Philip Rogers Humanitarian Award. Dr. Neravetla is known for his kindness, compassion and concern for patients. In addition to caring for his patients in the hospital, he also makes frequent follow-up calls after discharge to see that his patients continue to have what they need. It is evident on a daily basis how he cares for his patients.

The Innovator Award was presented to Bryan Batson, MD, Hattiesburg Clinic Hypertension Center. Dr. Batson is certified and specially trained in hypertension management. He is known as a caring and sincere physician who never fails to put his patients’ needs first and constantly seeks to use new technology and advanced treatment options to improve patients’ experiences. Above all else, he is firm in his resolve to provide the highest standard of health care.

The Philip Rogers Mentor Award went to Jeffrey Williams, MD, a senior partner at Hattiesburg Clinic Children’s Clinic. He has been involved in hiring multiple new providers for their practice, moving the practice to a new location, and adding after hours services for patients. Additionally, he helped implement changes to the clinic’s hospital care, which provided more continuity for patients. He serves on the Hattiesburg Clinic Board of Directors, as well as the physician Epic Team. Dr. Williams is a leader in implementing electronic medical records to improve communication and patient care. He is currently working on a project involving physician and patient engagement that he predicts will give patients a better and more comfortable experience in the future.

Another Hattiesburg Clinic physician was also recognized, specifically as a recipient of Forrest General’s We C.A.R.E. Award, which goes to an individual who upholds the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. philosophy. That award went to Scott Guidry, MD, with Hattiesburg Clinic Surgery.

Congratulations to these physicians on their well-deserved honors!

Katie Townsend


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