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ATLANTA AND CORDELE PHYSICIANS HONORED FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

 ATLANTA, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Perry G. Busbee, M.D., former physician at Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, and Edward C. Loughlin Jr. M.D., immediate past chairman of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, have been named recipients of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) 1993 Distinguished Service Award.
 The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of hospital and health care services, was presented at the GHA Convention and Exposition Jan. 14.
 In May 1991, Cordele medical pioneer Busbee laid down his stethoscope and officially retired after 38 years of medical practice in the rural southwest Georgia city.
 Busbee joined the medical staff of Cordele's new hospital in 1953 and immediately joined the Crisp County Health Department and became involved in providing medical care for indigent patients through the department.
 At Crisp Regional, Busbee strongly supported the hospital's successful physician recruitment program and provided leadership for the 1961 and 1975 renovations to the original hospital facility. He then served on the Long Range Planning Committee that provided the direction that made a new hospital building a reality in 1990.
 As a physician, Busbee delivered more than 4,000 babies during his career, and through the years, served as a family physician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, orthopedist and counselor. After his appointment to the Crisp County Board of Health in January 1989, Busbee was elected chairman in only one month. Currently, Busbee is serving in his fifth year as chairman of the board.
 More than 30 years after beginning his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Loughlin recently had the privilege of attending the dedication of Grady's new state-of-the-art 25,000-square-foot building: the Edward C. Loughlin Jr. Radiation Oncology Center.
 The dedication was a fitting tribute to a man who not only gave Grady nearly 30 years of service as an orthopedic surgeon, but who served as an instrumental volunteer member of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority for 19 years.
 As immediate past chairman, a post in which he served nine years, Loughlin engineered the 1988 approval of a local government-funded $318 million renovation and expansion program for Grady. After Loughlin led the board through several months of intense negotiations, approval was finally granted for Grady to add, by the end of 1995, a new emergency care center, an outpatient imaging center, a radiation therapy center, two new nursing towers, a women's pavilion, a complete renovation of existing spaces and the addition of the latest medical technology.
 The annual Distinguished Service Award is one of the most prestigious awards presented by GHA. Nominations from the membership are solicited each fall and selection is based on a specific set of criteria.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Orr of the Georgia Hospital Association, 404-955-0324 or 800-233-2964/


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