The award was given on March 16, 2017, during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It recognizes contributions to the advancement of the art of healing, career achievement and service as an example of dedication to patients.
Hodges has served as the nursing home specialist at Garden Terrace since 2011 and as the center’s medical director prior to that, 25 years in all.
During the ceremony, Hodges was praised for his active involvement at the facility.
“Many times he can be seen at the facility on weekends, holidays and early and late hours to do his rounds,” said Debbie Biehl, executive director at Garden Terrace. “He is committed, loyal, dedicated, encouraging, a great listener, patient, thoughtful, spiritual and inspiring to everyone who is blessed to be around him each day.”
Since Garden Terrace specializes in caring for patients with dementia, Hodges was commended for his knowledge of the disease process and his compassionate way of working with patients and their families.
Beyond Garden Terrace, Hodges takes trips to Africa to give free vaccinations, and here in the States, he has a large collection of medical artifacts that have been displayed in the past and that he hopes to share with the public in a museum.
“Bruce Hodges is a special friend who shows his love for the Lord in many ways – in particular, his good stewardship of the talents God has given him to bring hope and healing to others,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.