The deadline for this year’s nominations is March 16, 2012.
For more than 40 years, the annual Frist Humanitarian Awards has celebrated and commended outstanding individuals throughout HCA for their achievements and contributions to their communities and to HCA.
The awards, created in 1971, honor humanitarian values and volunteer activities and are given each year in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.
His venture into for-profit medicine began in the late 60’s, when Dr. Frist and his son, Thomas Frist, Jr., founded HCA. Though we are a for-profit organization, Frist senior once noted on starting HCA that “we were not interested in the financial rewards as much as we were in quality care and having a place to put our patients”.
Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., who is widely regarded as the father of the modern for-profit hospital system, died at his home in Nashville on January 4, 1998. He was 87.
His memory continues with the awards program; employees and volunteers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and dedication to caregiving and to their community are selected from each facility around the country. Honorees are recognized at both local and national levels. The two national winners are selected from the local honorees.
We highly encourage every HCA facility to participate in the awards program, as these awards are the highest honor our company bestows on its most important resource—our people.
Each facility is asked to select three recipients: an employee, an affiliated physician and a volunteer and submit their nomination packets to the home office no later than Friday, March 16, 2012 in order to be considered for the 2011 National Awards selection process.
The highest honor HCA employees and volunteers can receive, the Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice, $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in HCA stock. The medical staff honoree receives a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice.
Good luck to all; we know it’s well deserved.