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HCA Presents 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 16, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HCA HCA, +0.52% today presented the 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction to recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Innovators Award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, and are the highest honors that HCA bestows on employees, physicians and volunteers. This is the first time the company has recognized all three HCA Awards of Distinction categories in one celebration.

Each of the HCA Awards of Distinction underscores a different aspect of the company’s culture and mission. The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes the highest achievements in serving others; the HCA Innovators Award recognizes creative new ideas for enhancing quality of care and efficiency; and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes accomplishments in the field of nursing.

“The HCA Awards of Distinction honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded, and when viewed together, they reflect a complete representation of what HCA stands for and whom we aspire to be,” said Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA. “The people being recognized today, through their exemplary service and selflessness, challenge and inspire us to live and preserve HCA’s mission of caring for and improving human life.”

Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. Employees, volunteers and medical staff members who demonstrate commitment and dedication to providing outstanding care and humanitarianism are selected from around the country, and honorees are recognized at the local level.

The Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 in cash for the employee and volunteer. The physician honoree receives a $10,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Recipients of the 44 [th] annual Frist Humanitarian Award are: Kimberly Bass, RN, an obstetric care nurse at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Fla.; John McClenahan, a volunteer at Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev.; and, for the first time a married couple, Dr. Peter Sarantos, a general surgeon at The Surgical Group of Gainesville and chairman of the board of trustees for North Florida Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Kathy Sarantos, a pediatrician at Alliance Pediatrics, both in Gainesville, Fla.

“The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes members of the HCA family whose work and lives embody the humanitarian principles upon which our company was founded,” said Johnson. “The year’s winners are making an impact in their communities and around the world, and inspiring all of us to continue the philanthropic work of our company’s founders.”

Kimberly Bass, RN, the employee recipient of the 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award, has worked as a nurse at Palms West Hospital for 25 years and regularly mentors new nurses and nursing students on clinical OB rotations. She also was instrumental in the implementation of an obstetric documentation system which has expanded to other units in the hospital. Within the community, she serves children in need as a foster...