Jeffries Receives Ohio Hospital Association Health Care Worker of the Year Award

The Ohio Hospital Association recognized 62 health care workers on June 5, 2018 during its 103rd Annual Meeting Recognition Dinner event in Columbus.

Joseph Jeffries, RPh., Pharmacy Director, Barnesville Hospital Association Inc. (Barnesville) received the Association’s annual Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year award. The award is given each year to one Ohio hospital caregiver who personifies a leader, gives back to the community and routinely goes beyond the call of duty.

Joe received this award for his work in establishing the Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio an outpatient drug treatment center offering withdrawal management, behavioral counseling and medication assisted treatment to area residents.

“This is such an incredible and deserving honor for Joe,” said David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital. “Joe’s tireless efforts, vision and passion to provide drug treatment options for area residents has made a difference in the lives of many individuals, their families and for our community. Barnesville Hospital is extremely proud of Joe for winning this award.”

Joe collaborated with community partners, hospital staff and other addiction programs in order to make the Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio a reality. He recognized the opioid crisis was devastating families and the community and he was motivated to be part of the solution. In the past year approximately 100 area residents have received help with their addiction by utilizing the services of Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio.

Photo: Bruce White, president and CEO, Knox Community Hospital, OHA Board Chair (left) and Mike Abrams, president and CEO, OHA (right) present Joseph Jeffries, Barnesville Hospital with the 2018 Health Care Worker of the Year Award at the OHA Annual Recognition Dinner.

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Joseph Jeffries Nominated for OHA Health Care Worker of the Year

Barnesville Hospital has nominated Joseph Jeffries for the Ohio Hospital Association Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year. Over the past several years Joe has demonstrated vision, leadership and a willingness to collaborate with others to establish the Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio (ASEO). ASEO is an outpatient addiction treatment center located in the Barnesville Medical Center which offers withdrawal management, behavioral counseling and medication assisted treatment.

Joe has been employed by Barnesville Hospital since 2002 and is the Hospital’s Pharmacy Director. Launching an outpatient addiction clinic was not something Joe was asked to do or was part of his job description. Instead Joe saw a problem that was devastating families and our communities and he was motivated to be a part of the solution.

“Joe was moved by the opioid epidemic which is negatively impacting our area and he was determined to make a difference,” said David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital. “With unparalleled determination Joe inspired partners in the community to work together to make his vision of an outpatient drug treatment center a reality. Joe deserves much of the credit for ASEO being able to open its doors and to begin providing services to clients beginning in April, 2017.”

Joe’s passion, dedication, and commitment doesn’t stop at work. Joe is also actively involved in the community. From singing in his church choir to having coached recreational baseball, soccer and football, Joe is willing and eager to find ways to give back to his community. Other ways Joe has given back to the community include: coached high school golf, served on the Board of the Junior Sports Recreation League, Vocal Music booster, Church Deacon, served on the Board of Junior Sports, and a member of the Saints Club, St. Clairsville Schools.

The Ohio Hospital Association Health Care Worker of the Year Award honors the excellence of health care workers statewide and recognizes one outstanding individual who demonstrates leadership, routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty and reflects the mission and values of his or her organization, and gives back to the community. Each hospital in the state is permitted to nominate one individual. The winner of the OHA Health Care Worker of the Year will be announced in June at the OHA Recognition Dinner.

Photo: Joseph Jeffries