November 25, 2013

Ellis earns Extra Mile Award

Submitted by Gordon Hospital
Associated Press

CALHOUN — Gregg Ellis has been awarded Gordon Hospital’s prestigious Extra Mile Award.

This special award was created by members of the hospital’s Employee Engagement Committee to recognize employees who go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis. It is awarded monthly to deserving employees selected by the hospital’s directors.

“As supervisor of patient access in our emergency department, Gregg’s hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed,” says Brandon McDaniel, patient access manager for the hospital. “He is very deserving of this recognition.”

Ellis, who has been employed by Gordon Hospital for 3½ years, says he is honored to receive the Extra Mile Award.

“I work with some great people and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the Gordon Hospital family,” he says.

Ellis attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the 1990 National Championship football team. For the past four years, Ellis has participated in the 24 Hours of Hope event where he runs for 24 hours straight on a treadmill. Last year, he ran 131 miles, which ranked him the fourth all-time American and 14th in the world.

“The money we raise goes to the Carter Hope Center, a drug and alcohol recovery center in Dalton,” he explains. “I serve on the board of directors, and we have raised over $50,000 from the four events.”

However, his running came to a brief halt earlier this year when he underwent a hip replacement.

“Dr. Andrew Hester, his staff, and the staff at PT Solutions at Gordon Hospital got me back to running again,” he says. “Without them, I wouldn’t be running again like I am. I owe them a great deal of gratitude.”

Ellis is the father of Gracie Ellis, 11, and attends Rockbridge Community Church. In his spare time he enjoys going to church, spending time with his daughter, trail running, ultra running, watching sports, and being outdoors.