Volunteer Recipient: John McClenahan, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Las Vegas, NV The Staff of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Center definitely believe in magic. They see it year-round when John McClenahan, better known as Dr. Magic, comes to visit their young cancer patients and makes boredom and bad moods disappear. For 18 years, Dr. Magic, assisted by his lovely wife Joan, has been visiting children in their rooms or in the playroom. He tells some jokes, performs a magic trick or two and does his best to fill their few minutes together with happiness. “I… Read more.
Physicians Recipients: Drs. Peter and Kathy Sarantos, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville, FL This year marks the first time the Frist Humanitarian Award has been given to two people in the Physician category. But spend some time learning about husband- and-wife doctors Peter and Kathy Sarantos, and it’s easy to see why both are being honored. First of all, there are the medical accomplishments. Both Dr. Peter Sarantos, a surgeon, and Dr. Kathy Sarantos, a pediatrician, have been honored many times for their outstanding patient care, and both are valued members of the medical community at North Florida Regional Medical Center.… Read more.
Employee Recipient: Kim Bass, RN, Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL When Kim Bass was young, she didn’t like hospitals; just walking into one could make her faint. Thirty years later, there’s nowhere she feels more at home. “When I was in nursing school and got to labor and delivery, I just knew,” she says. “With OB, it’s happening now. You get to help women at their most vulnerable point, and you have to take control and reassure them. It’s the mama in me that loves making sure they know they’re taken care of.” That mission is something Bass lives in… Read more.
Achieving new heights HCA Awards of Distinction honor ingenuity, philanthropy and empowerment For more than 40 years, the Frist Humanitarian Award has recognized the outstanding achievements of HCA employees, physicians and volunteers. In recent years, the award has been joined by another pair of honors that also shine a light on excellence: The HCA Innovators Award, which honors those who invent and perfect systems that lead to better patient care, and the Excellence in Nursing Award, which showcases outstanding nurses in the areas of compassionate care and professional mentoring. This year, all Awards of Distinction national winners were recognized together during a… Read more.
People love to “ooh and aah” over newborns, and several Denver-area HCA facilities are taking those moments to provide a little education about heart defects and congenital heart disease. Six HealthONE hospitals partnered with the American Heart Association in Denver to give every baby born in February a little red hat. Many staffers made the hats themselves, and others were received from volunteers throughout Colorado and around the United states. All told, 3,581 were given away. “We heard about the program from one of our CV directors who had seen it executed in another market, and we immediately knew we really… Read more.
Healthcare is an exciting field to work in, but often physical or other limitations can block someone from pursuing a hospital job. Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas recently partnered with the Clark County School District and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Project SEARCH High School Transition Program, which provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youths with disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life. Project SEARCH began in 1996 and now has more than 150 locations across 39 states and four countries. It reports a nearly 70 percent employment… Read more.
A proper diet is key to lifelong health, so that’s why Medical City Children’s Hospital in 2010 created Kids Teaching Kids, a program that educates children about healthy snacking and eating habits. Since then, school children from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area have teamed up with the hospital’s registered dietitians to positively change their eating behaviors. In fun ways that include creating kid-friendly recipes, area youth have learned about nutrition, food labels and how to prepare healthy snacks themselves. As of the 2016-17 school year, Kids Teaching Kids will be in 15 North Texas school districts and will serve more… Read more.
Pete Butler knows how to get things done. The 77-year-old is a military retiree, and also spent time working for U.S. Sen. Richard Stone and representing military and veteran’s affairs for the state of Florida. So when he wanted to take part in a fundraising run for the Parkinson’s Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla., he turned to his support team at Capital Regional Medical Center. Butler has a Parkinson’s diagnosis, so the run meant a lot to him. He also has had two interventional procedures at Capital Regional over the past decade, and visits the facility three times a week for… Read more.
When Germaine DeHoyos married her husband David in March 2015, she found herself in a blended family of six children and one granddaughter. She also got a bigger family: the United States military, thanks to her husband’s 24-year career with the Army and Army Reserves. “As a newly inducted member and spouse into a military family, I have learned firsthand the dedication and love needed to be a part of this honorable way of life,” DeHoyos says. “Our military, their spouses and families deserve all our support and appreciation. Throughout our courtship I began to gain insight into what it takes… Read more.
Nurse transforms wound care in Vietnam by sharing her skills and training providers When Ann Nguyen was studying for her MSN degree in 2011, she didn’t plan on revolutionizing wound care in her native country. But following an introduction to Dr. Gregory Crow and her subsequent involvement with the Vietnam Nurse Project (an academic-service partnership between the University of San Francisco School of Nursing & Health Professions and healthcare providers in that country) that’s exactly what happened. Nguyen, who is clinical nurse manager of the Wound Care Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, went to Vietnam in 2011… Read more.