Emory Johns Creek Hospital congratulates Donald Wells, one of its inaugural board members, on receiving the 2014 Emory Johns Creek Hospital Legacy Award. It is one of four awards presented at the annual Second Century Awards Dinner, given by Emory Healthcare every year since 2006.
The Second Century Awards select honorees from each Emory hospital—Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital—for their significant impact on the care of countless Atlantans, hospital patients, staff and physicians, and nominated by Emory Healthcare leadership and previous award recipients.
Wells, who spent his career with Emory Healthcare, joined the board of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2006 and is considered one of the cornerstones in the hospital’s success. “Don is a big reason this hospital is what it is today,” says Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Craig McCoy. “I think it was his leadership at that board level that really helped this hospital get the firm foundation that it’s building on.”
Christopher Hart, MD, Emory Johns Creek’s Chief of Staff, says, “Don has been the constant, steady hand through the infancy of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, always keeping our focus on taking great care of the patients’ needs.”
In addition to patient care, Wells has provided guidance on all aspects of hospital operations. “From buying the materials, to cooking the food, to running the business office, it’s like a little city. And some days it’s not so little,” Wells says.
After serving the Emory Johns Creek board for seven years, Wells recently stepped down; however, he will continue to be involved with the hospital. “There’s a sense of identity there that never escapes you, nor do you want to escape it,” Wells says. “I like that.”
“I hope he continues to have a hand in things,” Dr. Hart says. “We owe a great debt of gratitude for all that he’s done.”