Athens Regional Family Welcomes You!

Family can be defined as a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation. At Athens Regional, our family is made up of individuals coming together to improve the lives and health of those we touch. It’s more than words on paper … it’s who we are and what we believe.

Human Resources reaches out to new employees after their orientation to ask for feedback on the orientation process and to ensure employees are acclimating. We were delighted with the feedback we received from a Registered Nurse new to our nursing team. This nurse has worked in other large hospitals in the Northeast Georgia area so she has experience with other cultures and systems. She complimented our administration and staff for living the culture.

Consider working with us. Not because of a slogan or a tag line, but because we practice what we preach. Not because we have to but because we WANT to.

Feedback from a newly hired Athens Regional Registered Nurse:

I felt very welcomed. The culture we have at ARMC to smile and say hello really makes a difference. I also feel very comfortable in my role and supported by the various units as well as by my managers. I also feel welcomed and appreciated when I go on the units. I’ve been the beneficiary of the extra set of hands that a relief nurse provides, and I always made it a point to say THANK YOU. I love to help and I know the nurses appreciate me,and our patients have the benefit of having a nurse who has fewer patients and can therefore better attend to her charges.

What stands out about ARMC the most is that our people believe and embrace our philosophy.

We want to work in a place where we feel happy, safe, and cared for, and we want our patients and guests to feel happy, safe, and cared for. So that’s what we do – we work hard, we take care of each other, and that ripples out into our patients and our community.

Would you recommend us to others in your profession? I would, I have, and I do! ARMC is a great place to work, and I can feel the team mindset here. I also feel that there is a more accepting and teaching feel; I think it’s great that they pour so much time into new employees! Employees take ownership for our reputation, and that says a lot about the people we hire AND the people we choose as leaders. The benefits are comprehensive and competitive with other health systems in our area, too, and our commitment to explore and execute new ways of serving our community – both from a medical and from an administrative standpoint – is commendable.

A few of our current openings include:

  • Night RN working 7pm-7am on our Nurse Residency Unit. If precepting new nurses and teaching them the nursing profession is your passion this unit is for you!
  • Weekend option position available in our Cardiology unit. Work Saturday and Sunday from 7am-7pm and enjoy 5 days off during the week. Extra differentials paid to weekend option nurses!
  • Day position available! Work 7am-7pm 3 days per week on our Pulmonary Unit.
  • If Oncology is your calling we have a home for you. A Full time, 7pm-7am position now available.
  • If 12-hour shifts aren’t for you try our Staffing/Float pool and work 11pm-7am.
  • At 24 hours per week you can still reap the benefit of earning paid time off and qualify for some benefits! Work 2 nights per week and earn benefits. Join the Staffing/Float Pool team.

Please join us at our RN Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and learn more about our team, our departments, our openings and our FAMILY.


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Athens Regional— A Place to Call Family

When you’re a nurse at Athens Regional, you’re helping your neighbor, your friends, your family — you’re touching the lives of people you work with and see on a regular basis.  Being a nurse at Athens Regional Health System combines cutting edge medical care with our da Vinci® Xi™ surgical robot, affiliation with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, advanced protocols and diverse patient population. (And did we mention that we are the official healthcare provider for UGAA and we are asked to volunteer at sporting events?!)

At Athens Regional, you  work side-by-side with nurses with 5-10-15-20 years of experience. Nurses who’ve made Athens Regional their home. Nursing units are managed by leaders who’ve grown their careers here. The Athens area is a community where patients tell their neighbors about the nurse(s) who saved the day. Let that be YOU. Our Athens Regional family will remind you of why you went into nursing to begin with … because you CARE. Come CARE with us. 

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Call us 706-475-3375.  Let us talk to you, person to person, about what we love most about Athens Regional. Let us tell you about our family.




Helping People Heal

Robin-JohnsonHello, my name is Robin (Bewley) Johnson, and I teach Yoga for Hope, Peace, and Cancer Recovery and am also a Healing Touch practitioner for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. Professionally, I’m a Health Educator who worked at Athens Regional my whole career.

Yoga offers so much to people all along their journey with cancer and after. Moving the body in gentle ways with the breath allows participants to keep or regain their strength, loosen sore or tight muscles, and buffer many of the side effects that treatment can cause. When I’ve asked classes what benefits them most, the breathing practices are mentioned most often. They help folks relax, fall back asleep, and concentrate.

The group itself is a gift to participants; they encourage and support each other. We have one participant who is a nine-year survivor and another who is close to 90 years old. This is very encouraging for many people.

Healing Touch clients come for relaxation, pain relief, management of side effects,
sleep difficulties, grief, and other problems. It is an opportunity to let someone help as you rest. In some ways, what I do with Healing Touch is a contrast to the yoga. Folks in yoga are at a place where they can participate—both physically and emotionally.

Healing Touch is available for those who may not be ready for groups or for physical
exertion. While there are certainly folks who use both yoga and Healing Touch, sometimes a group seems too much, or there is too much pain or fatigue.

As a lifelong educator, I love to help people grow, assist them to see inner resources
they might not be aware of and to become stronger. It is a privilege to be a resource for reducing pain and anxiety, and if necessary, to stand with someone who is facing the end of life. I am honored to do the work I do.

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about the free support programs available to you at the Loran Smith Center for Classic Support, read our programs and classes information.

“Ben serves as a living example of dedication and commitment to true patient advocacy.”

Congratulations to Ben Hemphill, RN, on being selected as the Rising Star Award winner! Ben is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department.

Comments from his nomination:

This nominee shows great concern for the welfare of others and is actively involved in finding solutions to difficult challenges. Ben provides excellent care to his patients, often going the extra step to make sure the patients and family members are comfortable and secure. His work ethic is an example of the mission statement of our facility, “To improve the lives and health of those we touch.”

Ben is highly respected by his peers and appreciated by his patients because of the way he treats others. The nominee adapts his plan of care to include and meet the age-specific and cultural needs of his patients. He is seen as a very positive person of the team and exhibits a “win-win” philosophy. Ben is efficient and thorough in his work and finishes the job in a timely manner. The combination of his high ethical standards and experience enable him to be an excellent mentor to other employees. He is highly respected and is an exemplary role model to others in the Emergency Department, as well as the hospital.

Ben serves as a living example of dedication and commitment to true patient advocacy. His leadership, knowledge, family centered approach, and innovation, have shaped and impacted numerous nurses, patients, families, and the department as a whole. He serves as an important reminder that patient care is about putting people first.

In our department, we commonly treat patients who are fearful and at risk of losing their health, possibly their lives, and concurrently, those visitors with them may be at risk of losing precious loved ones. They are not in control and are frightened, and they need us for support. Ben shows the true compassion needed to care for his patients. He is empathetic and always makes a concerted effort to listen to his patients, to put himself in their place, and to attempt to understand their challenges. Ben has an uncanny ability of doing all of this without judgment and with the understanding that everyone has their own set of values and their own life experiences that has brought them to this point.

I cannot think of another person who is more deserving of the Rising Star award, because simply put- this nominee is an extraordinary nurse.


About the Rising Star Award:
The Rising Star Award is presented to an RN or LPN who graduated from an education program leading to initial entry-to-practice within the past two years. The nominee has exceeded the expectations of the nominee’s colleagues and shows promise to become an exceptional member of the profession.  The Awards Selection Committee will look for specific examples of how the nominee:

  1. Contributes to the Registered Nursing Profession in the areas of clinical practice or service
  2. Demonstrates awareness of the importance of meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families
  3. Provides nursing care that is caring, respectful and sensitive to each patient, family member and coworker
  4. Demonstrates a positive team attitude

“We felt like we were the only patient and family she had.”

Congratulations to Krystal Noggle on being awarded the 2016 J. Martin Sparks Award for Bedside Nursing. One of her nominators shared this about Krystal:

Where can I start? My husband spent the last week of his life in the ICU here. Krystal was his nurse for the last three days he was alive. I could not ask for anyone to more gentle and caring, not only with him, but also to me and our family that came in from out of town. She took time to answer our questions, never made us feel like we were wasting her time … we felt like we were the only patient and family she had. The day that he passed away is a day I will always remember, along with Krystal’s kindness, compassion, and caring. She made sure that we had enough seating in the waiting room, coffee, water, and would check on the family and friends that had gathered to see if there was anything else we needed. Her care after was great as well. She let me cry on her shoulder. She sees me in the cafeteria and makes it a point to come over and see how I’m doing and always says, “If you need anything let me know.”

Krystal is a prime example of care and compassion. She not only made sure her patient was taken care of, but also those left behind. I am proud to say that I work with someone that shows such qualities and concern for others.

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About the J. Martin Sparks Award for Bedside Nursing Excellence:
Nominees will have demonstrated excellence in at least one of the following: critical thinking skills, professional judgment, autonomy in practice, compassion. Nomination will be based on previous 12 months of practice and unit director will verify nominee is in good standing (i.e., attendance & job appraisal). Bedside nurse is defined at a registered nurse who is employed full or part time with a minimum of 24 hours scheduled per week at the bedside, and who is counted in staffing, providing direct, hands-on patient care.

Thank You for Your Service!

Athens Regional Health System creates wonderful teams who work together to improve the lives and health of those we touch.

As a thank you to our great employees and volunteers who’ve spent years helping Athens Regional and the community, we’re proud to honor them with a service awards banquet. Employees with 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, 30 and 35 years are recognized. They are people who’ve shown dedication, commitment, passion and caring for our guests, patients and co-workers.

Athens Regional is a place where we are taught to BE BOLD, SPEAK UP, BE ACCOUNTABLE, BUILD TRUST, REACH OUT and to GROW TALENT. Our culture defines us. Employees embracing the culture, investing in the culture and looking for ways to strengthen our culture is what sets our system apart.

Telling the Athens Regional story is easy. It’s the tale of the employee who’s been with us for 40+ years. It’s the story of the nurse who began a career as a nursing student and now serves as an educator, a mentor and an example to other young nursing students. The story of Athens Regional is told by the face of the Dietary employee who works in management after 30 years of front line service. There are stories of directors who began as technicians or secretaries, managers who worked part-time in entry level positions while going to school, housekeepers who have proudly cared for the facility and the people for more than 30 years. These are our stories. This is who we are.


Thank you to our 10 year employees.


We appreciate your 15 years of service!


Your commitment of 20 years is appreciated!


Thank you for 25 years of service!


Your commitment of 30 years is appreciated.


It’s an honor you’ve chosen Athens Regional for more than 35 years!


Volunteers, we are humbled by the thousands of hours you’ve given to our system.

Exercise & Diabetes

Regular exercise is good for everyone, especially for people with diabetes. Our Diabetes Education team says it can:

  • Lower blood glucose levels
  • Reduce the need for insulin
  • Protect against heart disease and stroke
  • Aid in weight management
  • Strengthen bones and tone muscles
  • Increase energy and relieve stress
  • Improve how you look and feel

Physical activity doesn’t have to be the usual cardio and weights. You can come up with fun or different ways to get some of your daily activity such as:


  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park farther away from entrances.
  • Walk the dog around your neighborhood (at a brisk pace).
  • Try playing golf, bowling or dancing.
  • Get up during commercials and do jumping jacks or some sort of exercise.
  • Yard work such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or gardening.


  • Drink plenty of water
  • 1 to 3 hours after meals is the best time to exercise
  • Keep a fast-acting sugar on hand
  • Check your blood sugar before exercise
  • Check your blood sugar after you stop exercising
  • Wear comfortable shoes

Recommendations for Exercise

  • At least 30 minutes per day of physical activity which can be broken down into 3 sets of 10 minute “exercise snacks” during the day.
  • Some exercises include: walking, swimming, bicycling, rowing, chair exercises, arm exercises, or playing a sport you enjoy.
  • Do activities that use large muscle groups.
  • Exercise 3 – 7 days per week.
  • Aim for a total of 150 minutes per week of activity.
  • Exercise at moderate intensity which means it would feel somewhat hard, breathing would be quick but not out of breath, you would have light sweating, and could talk normally but wouldn’t be able to sing.
  • When progressing your activity, increase either duration OR intensity.

Contact Athens Regional Diabetes Education Services

Whether you’ve had diabetes for years or are newly diagnosed, we have a team at Athens Regional ready to help guide you and your family. You can reach our Diabetes Education Services at 706-475-5600.