J.W. Fanning Humanitarian Award

The J.W. Fanning Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who have high personal values in their own life, while making significant contributions to Piedmont Athens Regional through their time, interest, and commitment to the medical center and the community it serves.

The recipient is selected based on the following criteria:

  • Significant contributions to Piedmont Athens Regional through his/her time, interest, and commitment to the medical center and the community it serves
  • Significant contributions, as a volunteer, in worthwhile community services that improve the health, welfare, and quality of life for area residents
  • High personal standards in his/her life
  • May be a community citizen, a physician, a current or former Medical Center or Foundation Board member, but may not be a Piedmont Athens Regional employee

All recipients have carried on the tradition of service set by Dr. J.W. Fanning, the late UGA Vice President for Service and the father of leadership development in Georgia. He made many remarkable contributions to our community.

Nominate someone for the award

Nominations accepted until Aug. 5. The J.W. Fanning Humanitarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Cornerstone Society event on Sept. 9.

2015 J.W. Fanning Humanitarian Award Winner

Annette Barfield is the 26th recipient of the J.W. Fanning Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Mrs. Barfield is a registered nurse and retired from Bell South. She has served as a member of the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, donating more than 2,600 hours of service in various roles from Board Member to President. She is also a volunteer with St. Mary’s Hospice, has served as a board member for the Athens Community Council on Aging, is a Master Gardner, an active member of the Ten-O Gymnastics Booster Club, a volunteer with Interfaith Hospitality Network, a member of the Athens Symphony Board, and a very active member at First Baptist Church of Athens.

2015 J.W. Fanning Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Annette Barfield, and Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation Vice President, Tammy Gilland.

See more photos from the 2015 Pillar Society Reception 

See the distinguished list of former recipients