Mike Marshall, CEO/Administrator, presents the

Healthcare Hero Award to Cathy B. Burton


State Hospital Association Honors Local Healthcare Hero

Cathy Bolden Burton of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital was honored for her dedication to the healthcare industry on January 16, 2008 at a luncheon hosted by the West Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).


The luncheon is one of seven regional awards presentations being held as part of the association’s fifth-annual statewide “Hospital Heroes” contest, an effort to honor the dedication of hospital employees and to highlight health careers. The contest will culminate with a banquet in February where up to 10 of the regional winners will be honored as statewide heroes.


Burton serves as a housekeeping aide at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital , a job in which she affects a number of different departments in the hospital.  She’s described as someone who is always willing to help when needed and as someone who is one of the favorite employees in the hospital. 


“Cathy is an employee that many departments in the hospital are willing to fight for,” said Shirley Cohen, her supervisor.  “It’s not just because she does her job skillfully, she also does it with a good attitude.”


A native of the Demopolis area, Burton is a leader who is committed to the hospital and its patients and who serves as an example for her entire environmental services department.


She is also said to be someone who can balance all areas of her life.  One example of this was when her daughter was involved in an ATV accident in which her close friend was left paralyzed.  Coworkers claim Mrs. Burton was able to care for her daughter’s physical and emotional needs and managed to miss very little time from work.


The Alabama Hospital Association, based in Montgomery , is a statewide trade organization that represents more than 100 hospitals and numerous other health care providers by offering membership services designed to enhance the provision of health care in Alabama .



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