Nabors named Trustee of the Year

Jim Nabors (center) with Russell Medical attendees including board members Hugh Neighbors III, Thomas Radney and Ralph Frohsin.

James D. “Jim” Nabors, chairman of the board of trustees with Russell Medical in Alexander City, was recently honored by the Alabama Hospital Association at its annual Leadership Forum as the 2019 Trustee of the Year. Nabors was selected from statewide nominations for his exemplary service to his hospital, its patients and to the community.

“In today’s challenging environment, having smart community leaders engaged with their local hospitals is critical,” said Donald E. Williamson, M.D., president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “It’s evident that Mr. Nabors’ leadership has not only been important to his local hospital, but also to the citizens of Alexander City.”

Owen Bailey, board chairman for the Alabama Hospital Association presented the award to Nabors during the annual assembly of hospital executives and trustees. In receiving this award, it was noted that Nabors retired as the CFO of Russell Corporation and that he came out of retirement twice to fill two critical roles in his community. The first was to serve as superintendent of the school system, and he now currently serves as Alexander City’s mayor where he voluntarily receives no compensation.

He has served on the Russell Medical Board for 21 years and has chaired its board for the last 12 years. Additionally, he became one of the first certified trustees by the Alabama Hospital Association in 2014.

Since 2007, when Nabors assumed the chairman’s role, Russell Medical has received several notable awards, including being named a Top 100 Hospital and receiving the Everest Award by Thomson Reuters in 2011. Becker’s Hospital Review has consistently named Russell Medical as a Top 100 Community Hospital in its annual publication, as well. In addition, the facility continues to meet and exceed benchmarks in quality and safety measures, as well as patient satisfaction scores. 

Nabors is the second trustee from Russell Medical to be recognized with this honor. James W. Brown, the first administrator of the hospital and a board member since 1981, was honored in 2012.

We are proud and grateful to our dedicated board members for their leadership and commitment to Russell Medical, and we applaud Mr. Nabors for this esteemed recognition.

Throughout February, Russell Medical will offer three important heart screenings. The cardiac CT for calcium scoring, carotid artery ultrasound and echocardiogram all assess changes in the heart and can detect coronary artery disease before symptoms develop. The screenings take just a few minutes to conduct. A copy of the test will be sent to one of four cardiologists, in addition to the patient’s primary care physician. Costs may vary from $90 to $125, depending on the screening test, and are not covered by insurance. Appointments are required, and payments for the screenings must be made prior to the tests. Please contact Russell Medical Scheduling at 256-329-7826 to schedule and register for these screenings.

~ Susan Foy is marketing director for Russell Medical.