CRYSTAL WELLS was named HomeTown Health’s 2019 Hospital Leader of the Year.
Crystal Wells, administrator of Grady General Hospital, was recently named tops in her field among leaders of rural hospitals in the Southeast. HomeTown Health, an organization of 70 rural hospitals in the Southeast, named Wells as the 2019 Hospital Leader of the Year. The award was announced at the group’s 20th Annual Fall Conference held Oct. 22-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.
“The award is presented to individuals who exhibit extraordinary talents and skills in positively influencing the delivery of health care in Georgia,” according to a spokesperson for Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. Grady General is an affiliate of Archbold Memorial.
“Crystal has implemented positive practices which are contributing to success in providing high-quality healthcare for Grady County,” said Perry Mustian, President and CEO of Archbold Medical Center. “We are very proud of Crystal and her dedication in making Grady General Hospital a top healthcare facility.”
During her 11 years at Grady General Hospital, Wells has led quality and patient focus care that has resulted in 15 state and national awards, two national blue prints, three national recognitions and named the Top Small Hospital.
Wells has more than 20 years of professional experience in healthcare, and has served as Grady General’s administrator since January 2015. She first came to the hospital in 2008 as its director of nursing. She has also worked as a nurse manager of Archbold’s orthopedic/neurology/pediatric floor, and as a staff nurse and charge nurse in both intensive care and medical/surgical.
A graduate of Cairo High School, Wells earned both her masters in nursing and bachelor’s degree at Valdosta State University. She earned an associate of science in nursing at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.
Married to Chip Wells, they have two children, Tanner and Alex.