Liberty Regional Medical Center Chief of Staff Dr. Seth Borquaye recently was named one of 10 Hospital Heroes of the Year by the Georgia Hospital Association. The winners — who are associated with or practice at hospitals across the state — are chosen based on their ability to exemplify integrity, humility, courage and commitment, according to the nomination guidelines on www.gha.org.
Borquaye’s Hinesville practice, Comprehensive OB/GYN, is in the medical office building on LRMC’s campus. He is licensed to practice in Georgia and New Mexico.
He was born to a family of fisherman in Nungua-Accra, Ghana, and earned his medical doctorate degree while serving in the United States Army. He completed both his internship and residency in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
Borquaye serves as a Diversity Health Center board member, chairman of the Ghana Visions Foundation in Washington, D.C., and is on Savannah Technical College’s advisory council. He also is a member of Africa on Fire Missions Inc., Eleven Black Men of Liberty County, the Liberty County Board of Health and the Liberty County Health Planning Board.
Borquaye volunteers as a youth coach at the YMCA and organized a seasonal soccer team for Liberty Regional Medical staff.
“He gives so freely of his time,” Liberty Regional Medical Center director of marketing Rene’ Harwell said. “And how he balances his practice and everything else is truly amazing, because he never misses a beat and he is always so happy all the time.”
His faith is strong, and his patients adore him, according to Harwell, who added it’s not uncommon to hear Borquaye sing to his patients and colleagues.
The selfless physician was thrilled to hear he’d been named a hospital hero.
“I am very humble and overwhelmed to have been chosen for this award, but what is more important is that you go about doing the things that you are trained to do — the things that you are passionate for,” he said. “Apart from my work as a physician, everything I bring to the community is to enhance Liberty County and the city, and I don’t do it because I want recognition or things like that. I do it to make this world a better place. I always say that if I can push just a little bit more, then the world can be a better place for everybody.”
Borquaye’s compassion knows no bounds. He is as dedicated to his patients in Ghana as he is to those here in Coastal Georgia. He and his brother, who is a dentist, have a clinic in Ghana, where they occasionally travel, bringing supplies with them to care for patients there.
“He will not stay here in the United States forever,” Liberty Regional Medical Center administrative assistant Joyce Campbell said. “He will go back to Ghana because he feels he owes it to the country.”
She said the doctor’s mother served as his inspiration. Additionally, he credits his wife and three daughters for supporting him and serving as role models.
“He is very dedicated and a wonderful people person,” Campbell said. “He fills in and does whatever is asked of him with a smile on his face and without hesitation and not just here in the hospital but the community, too.”