Harold Oglesby, Manager of Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Disorders Medicine at St. Joseph’s/ Candler, is this year’s St. Joseph’s/Candler Lientz Award recipient. Oglesby’s leadership spreads far beyond the walls of St. Joseph’s/Candler, which is why so many co-workers passionately nominated him for this honor. The Lientz Award includes a $3,000 check, a cafeteria pass, a parking pass, a SJ/C watch, a massage certificate and the prestigious Lientz Pin. 43 coworkers were nominated for the honor this year.
At work he is known for his professionalism, expertise and compassion to both patients and his staff. He is known to come in nights and weekends when his staff needs him. But he also inspires them, in his quiet and reserved nature, by recounting why he became a respiratory therapist and what it means to care for patients whose very life breath has been compromised.
As a prominent member of the 100 Black Men of Savannah, he has been instrumental in organizing an annual summer camp for teens at SJ/C to learn about the health care profession.
He serves as the Health and Wellness Chairman for the 100 Black Men and recently coordinated activities for HIV testing day. After the surprise announcement Friday at Candler Hospital, Oglesby said he was humbled. “One of the things that I really enjoy about working here is, as our mission says, we are rooted in God’s love,” Oglesby said. “I feel blessed to be up here and proud to be with all of the other very worthy nominees.”
Other community organizations Oglesby serves on include: Faith in Practice Medical Missions, Board Member of the Youth Futures Authority, Respiratory Care Advisory Board to the Georgia State Medical Board, Respiratory Advisory committee for AASU Respiratory Program and Youth Director at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Oglesby has worked for SJ/C for 25 years.
Some of those who nominated Oglesby wrote:
“Harold is, like Mr. Lientz, a competent professional, very much aware of their responsibility to others here in Savannah, as well as in other parts of our world.”
“He’s a great listener, mentor and servant leader. Harold comes into work whenever he’s needed to work the night shift or the weekend shift to ensure the patients are provided the best care. He’s is filled with compassion for all people, all co-workers and would do anything for anyone.”
“Harold’s involvement with mentoring at-risk youth keeps many young men and women on the right path.”
Each year, St. Joseph’s/ Candler presents one co-worker with the award that reflects the humanitarian works of the late James R. Lientz, a former Candler Hospital Board Chairman and community activist. Recipients are nominated by their peers. A health system committee selects the recipient based on the candidate’s exemplification of the health system’s mission and values. The mission is “Rooted in God’s love, we treat illness and promote wellness for all people.” The values include compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability, and teamwork.