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John Doughman, Plant Operations Supervisor

Engineering Services

May 2019 - Employee of the Month

John Doughman, our plant operations supervisor in Engineering Services, has been honored as WellStar West Georgia’s May 2019 Team Member of the Month.

John came to work at WellStar West Georgia almost 13 years ago as an electrician and moved to his current supervisor role about a year later. He serves under the leadership of Earl Cox, administrative director of facilities.

Earl says although he’s worked here longer than John, it’s John who knows our facilities’ infrastructure better than anyone. That certainly says a lot, seeing as that our facilities—when calculating both floor and roof surfaces—total about 1 million square feet. Within that expansive space, John has precise knowledge of engineering components such as cut-off valves, alarms, electrical panels and breakers, which are all vital to keeping WellStar West Georgia operating safely. John is our expert on electrical issues, equipment, codes, rules and standards.

Earl also said John works closely with our clinical staff to maintain, improve and troubleshoot their electrical and equipment needs. John is known for being available 24/7, and Earl said that in John’s 13 years here, Earl has never received a call from someone saying, “I can’t reach John.”

John always is the first one on the scene during any issues that may occur day or night. He dispatches whatever team is needed and brings situations under control quickly so patients and team members are safe.

John’s wife, Sunny, has worked at WellStar West Georgia for 24 years and is a utilization nurse in our Utilization Management Office. All four of their children, who range in age from 13 to 27, were born at our hospital, as were their two grandchildren, who are 13 months old and 18 months old. The two are known as “Papa John” and “Sunshine” to their grandchildren.

When John isn’t working, he can be found at his two daughters’ volleyball games at Troup High School (his alma mater) or on his farm, where he likes to fish as well as hunt deer and turkey. For the past 20 years, he also has managed the land—including the wildlife and timber—on three local farms.

We appreciate John for all he’s done to manage our day-to-day facility operations, for always responding diligently and positively to resolve unexpected situations, and for being a behind-the-scenes force in having our hospital run smoothly so our patients and team members can be safe.