DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Hospital Association recognized a local volunteer as the 2023 Outstanding Volunteer at the state conference Alabama Council of Hospital Auxiliaries in Guntersville.

James Johnson with Flowers Hospital devoted nearly 3,000 volunteer hours by serving the gift shop, nursing unit, physical therapy department and guest services desk.

In addition to his 22 years as a volunteer at Flowers Hospital, Johnson also volunteered at the Dothan Police Department.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson got a job as an employed screener due to the restrictions that kept volunteers from the hospital. Once the restrictions were lifted, he was one of the first volunteers to return.

Laura Grill, president and CEO of East Alabama Medical Center and chair-elect of the Alabama Hospital Association, praised Johnson for his service and thanked all volunteers attending the conference for their dedication to hospitals and the patients they serve.

Founded in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively serving the healthcare needs of Alabama, through advocacy, representation, education, and service.