Award of Merit - Reverend Sheldon Livesay and the 'Of One Accord Ministry'
Reverend Livesay was recognized for his work, which began in 1988, to establish a community-wide food pantry in Rogersville. This grew to a multi-faceted endeavor which serves over 100,000 people in Hawkins and Hancock Counties and includes free medical care, dental and vision fairs, food pantries, thrift stores, senior meal program, summer feeding program, home repair, and Christmas for the Children.
Eloise Q. Hatmaker Distinguished Service Award and Presidential Award - Cindy J. Siler
The Eloise Q. Hatmaker Distinguished Service award recognizes an individual who has contributed outstanding service to the Association and rural health over a period of years. Eloise Q. Hatmaker was instrumental in the establishment of the State Office of Rural Health. As its first director, Ms. Hatmaker worked toward alleviating health workforce shortages in rural areas and also helped establish the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. The RHAT Board of Directors was very pleased to award Ms. Siler for her unwavering support and love for rural people and their health over many years.
Cindy Siler stated, “It is an undeserved and humbling experience to be nominated for anything bearing Eloise Hatmaker’s name. I want to express my sincere thanks to all of my colleagues that I’ve had the honor to work with through the years who are so dedicated to improving health care in rural Tennessee..."
President, Angie Dotson, BSN, RN, bestowed these awards to individuals who have significantly assisted her and the Association through the year.
Mr. Moats is President and CEO for Ocoee Regional Health Corporation in Southeast Tennessee, a HRSA-funded organization of six Community Health Centers serving the rural areas around Chattanooga. He is a past president and has been a member of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee since it began in 1995 serving on the Membership and Conference Committees. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2009. Mr. Moats stated, “I am pleased to work alongside so many dedicated people whose passion it is to expand healthcare coverage in all the rural areas of Tennessee.”
J. Mark Wilson
Copy_2-RHAT_Presidential_awards_2013_0969_1_.jpgMr. Wilson, CEO of Wiseprogess, Inc., is also a rodeo bullfighter, and was the International Finals Rode 35 Showcase Champion, as well as being the American BullRiders Tour Finals Bullfighter for 2007-2012. He is currently the pastor of the Rafter H. Cowboy Church which is based in Oakland, Tennessee. J. Mark is also widely recognized in the professional business community as a motivational speaker and seminar leader. His website is www.psychoservant.com. Mr. Wilson stated, "I am so very humbled and surprised by this honor. To have the opportunity of contributing in some way to the success of RHAT and Mrs. Dotson's awesome leadership was a privilege. I will cherish her kind words and this moment for years to come."
(Pictured left to right: President Angie Dotson, BSN, RN and J. Mark Wilson)
Award of Merit
Reverend Sheldon Livesay and the Of One Accord Ministry
Reverend Livesay received his award at a special luncheon on November 21, 2013 at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN. He was recognized for his work, which began in 1988, to establish a community-wide food pantry in Rogersville. This grew to a multi-faceted endeavor which serves over 100,000 people in Hawkins and Hancock Counties and includes free medical care, dental and vision fairs, food pantries, thrift stores, senior meal program, summer feeding program, home repair and Christmas for the Children. (Pictured left to right: Reverend Sheldon Livesay and nominator Dr. Joe Florence, ETSU)
Rural Health Practitioner of the Year
Hanna Ilia, MD
Mary Ann Watson, of the Tennessee Rural Partnership, says: "Dr. Ilia, with his training and background, could easily practice in any urban area within the United States but chooses to practice in Macon County where he has clinics in two separate locations, actively participates in the community and works hard in many capacities for Macon County General Hospital." Dr. Ilia also enjoys precepting rural rotations for medical students for the Tennessee Rural Partnership, a nonprofit entity that helps place providers in underserved areas, and as a result of this, one medical resident decided to practice in a rural health center in West Tennessee.