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2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients Honored

April 25, 2012

St. Petersburg, FL - The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), a founder of HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.  The employee award recognizes a HCA-affiliated employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community.  The volunteer award recognizes a HCA volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within our facilities and the community.

The 2011 Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Winner is Cora Pike.  Cora has been an exceptional part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Auxiliary since June of 2009.  She volunteers both at the Emergency Room Information Desk and also in the Surgical Waiting Room.  She is completely dedicated and her willingness to go above and beyond in her duties should be recognized.  Cora is responsible for staffing volunteers for the Emergency Room, and she does an outstanding job in that area.  During her shift, she answers questions and helps patients and family members ensure the appropriate paperwork is completed.  When family members come in to see their loved ones, Cora guides them back to their rooms.  It can be a very stressful area in which to volunteer, but Cora’s calm demeanor puts the patients and family members at ease.  In the Surgical Waiting room, she serves as a liaison between the hospital staff and the patient’s family members.  She provides a calm atmosphere for them to wait for their family, and ensures all their needs are met. 

Cora is never too busy to step in and volunteer for an extra shift when asked.  She is a responsible, dependable and trustworthy person.  She was recently elected as the next President of the Auxiliary because of her commitment to St. Petersburg General Hospital.  She is a great asset to the hospital, and a good role model for all volunteers.

Both Cora and her husband William contribute a generous amount of time at the Nurses Helping Hands Assisted Living Facility in Pinellas Park.  They assist the residents with various tasks including helping with bingo events and other activities.  At times they may also take the residents on errands, even taking them to the cemeteries to visit loved ones.  Cora and her husband are both outstanding volunteers at St. Petersburg General Hospital, and are thankful to have them.  It is a pleasure to work with Cora, she is an integral part of our patient care team.  We are honored to present her with the 2011 Volunteer Frist Award this year.

Our 2011 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Winner is Jennifer Gee, Scheduling Coordinator for Surgical Services Department.  Jennifer has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 2008.  As Scheduling Coordinator, Jennifer works very closely with physician offices daily in scheduling procedures.  She spends most of the day on the telephone, and you can tell Jennifer is always “smiling” when speaking to physician’s office staff while booking procedures.  Jennifer’s passion for service excellence is apparent with each and every customer.  She greets everyone with a smile, and she is always willing to go out of her way giving personal escorts to our visitors to wherever they may need to go.  She is consistently a role model for our St. Pete General Hospital Pledge as she has the utmost respect for her co-workers, our patients, our physicians, and our visitors.  She values the opportunity to teach others through her example.         

Jennifer has a passion for helping others and it shows in both her personality and energy every single day.  She has an upbeat attitude, and you will always find her with a smile on her face.  We are thankful to have her on our Employee Booster Committee. She is a dedicated member who has helped to raise money for the Hope Fund by leading a fundraising team and encouraging employee participation.  In last year’s campaign, her team had the greatest percent of employee participation, and they contributed over $1,300 in employee pledges.  As a member of the Employee Booster Committee, she assisted in planning and staffing the Tag Sale to benefit the Hope Fund.  Additionally, Jennifer was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Second Annual St. Pete General Commitment Pledge signing celebration event.   She consistently volunteers for all hospital activities including the American Cancer Society Breast Walk, Teddy Bear Stuffing Event to benefit the American Cancer Society, and St. Pete General Hospital’s environmental group The Green Team.  She has a passion for involvement and is always encouraging others to join as well.

Her community involvement is deeply rooted with her church, Pasadena Community United Methodist.  She has been involved in Youth Ministry for over 10 years.  She chaperones activities with the youth at her church from weekend retreats to monthly trips.  She has taken the youth on various mission trips to help families in need locally and outside of Florida.  They help in many ways including painting houses and repairing roofs.  She also facilitates youth ministry weekly for her group of middle school student.  In addition, she has found a new passion for facilitating women’s bible study at her home.  In starting this small group, she was recognized by her Church leadership, and now she has been asked to be part of the leadership group in identifying and developing additional leaders for small group ministries. 

Jennifer greatly enjoys spending time with patients and family members.  She will also spend time as a patient sitter, when patients may be lonely and in need of company.  She cheers them up, and they are always feeling much better when their time together has ended.  She gives pre-op tours to patients and families, prior to their outpatient procedures.  She explains the entire process to them from start to finish, and gives them a guided tour through the hospital.  She takes the time to point out each stop they will take along the way when they will come back for their procedures.  She has a way about her that puts people at ease and comforts them during their experience here at our hospital. 

Jennifer exemplifies our hospital core values of dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, loyalty, integrity, compassion and kindness.  It is a pleasure to know and work with Jennifer Gee, and we are honored to present her with the 2011 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award this year.