Commercial Banking leading business 

VALDOSTA – Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce named Commercial Banking Company the Leading Business of the Week.

CBC "is proud of being the only locally owned community bank in Valdosta," chamber officials said. "CBC takes pride in providing the utmost customer experience and building a strong rapport with each person that enters their business." 

“We provide customers the total customer experience and relationship for all of their banking needs,” said Ashley Mock, CBC marketing coordinator.

CBC spotlights and financially supports a non-profit organization in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.

“We love getting to know these organizations, helping raise awareness and volunteering,” Mock said.

CBC is a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.

According to Mock, the chamber has provided CBC an opportunity to meet new and existing businesses through involvement with the ambassadors, Business After Hours and other events.

“We are a big family and have a great time being Valdosta’s community bank,” Mock said.

The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the chamber for at least five years. Marcotek Digital Office Solutions sponsors the 2019 Leading Business of the Week program. 

For more information, visit

Green named DAISY Nurse

VALDOSTA – John Green, registered nurse at South Georgia Medical Center, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for April. 

The award is part of the international DAISY Foundation, a program developed to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day, hospital officials said.

Green was recently assigned to care for a patient who was an organ donor. 

On the night of the scheduled organ procurement, Green was scheduled to be off from work with prior arrangements to be out of town, hospital officials said. The patient’s family had requested Green be there for their loved one’s honor walk as Green had spent countless hours supporting them and caring for the patient. 

Green went beyond the call of duty and rearranged his vacation so he could be there for the family. Green came in that night, around midnight, dressed in a shirt and tie, and escorted the patient, along with his family, to the operating room.

According to the nomination, “John went above and beyond to ensure that a grieving family knew their decision to donate life was truly a gift.”

“I did what I thought was right," Green said, "and it was emotional for me as well. I learned a lesson that night that no matter what, you can take the time to make a difference in a situation.

"Changing my plans was well worth it when the patient’s wife saw me and her face lit up, perhaps easing her burden just a bit."

Green has been with SGMC for two-and-a-half years and is a graduate of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

SGMC continues to ask patients and fellow employees to honor nurses they feel go above and beyond in their actions and care. Nominations are reviewed by a committee based on criteria that includes compassion, teamwork, leadership, attitude and skills and knowledge.

DAISY awards are presented monthly in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse” and a beautiful sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. 

Recipients also receive a bouquet of daisies donated by flower shops. To nominate a nurse for the DAISY award, visit

April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month. SGMC has joined with LifeLink of Georgia in a national campaign to encourage people to register to become organ donors, hospital officials said. 

A single donor could save eight lives and positively impact hundreds more. To register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit


Rogers named Hospital Hero

VALDOSTA – Lindsey Rogers, senior marketing specialist, at Hospice of South Georgia and Langdale Hospice House, was honored as the Hospital Hero at the monthly South Georgia Medical Center Hospital Authority board meeting. 

Rogers was honored for her recent recognition from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce as the 2019 Young Professional of the Year, hospital officials said.

Rogers has been with SGMC since 2009, but joined Hospice in 2012, where she has significantly increased the visibility of Hospice in the community, hospital officials said. 

“Lindsey is passionate about the services provided by Hospice and conveys this with every encounter,” said Susan Bowen, Hospice executive director. 

Rogers launched “We Honor Veterans” last year. The initiative has received praise, hospital officials said. 

The program, which partners with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, offers every veteran served by hospice the opportunity to be recognized in a personal ceremony that involves military representatives from Moody Air Force Base and the American Legion.

Hundreds of these "meaningful ceremonies have taken place in private homes, care facilities and in the Langdale Hospice House," hospital officials said. "Many of these veterans share that this is the first recognition they have received in appreciation of their service to our country."

Rogers accepted the Hospital Hero recognition, thanking the authority and her supervisor for providing her the opportunity to serve in a capacity that is so rewarding.

For more information on Hospice of South Georgia, visit

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