St Petersburg, FL - St. Petersburg General Hospital recently awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award to three deserving applicants that excelled in humanitarian and volunteer efforts. The honor is given in three categories, volunteer, employee and physician. Andrew Katrinecz, Frist Volunteer winner, Angela Leiva, Frist Employee winner and Dr. Geetha Kamath, Frist Physician winner were recognized at the STARS award ceremony atSt Petersburg General Hospital on April 23, 2015.
Andrew Katrinecz | Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient
Andrew has been an exceptional part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Auxiliary for the past two and a half years. He spends his days at the hospital at the Main Entrance greeting visitors, the Emergency Room directing patients, and in Dietary bringing information to patients about their food.
He volunteered to compile and write the Procedure & Information Manual and was featured in the hospital employee newsletter for revising the food service questionnaire for patient preferences. Andrew has a positive and caring attitude, is always willing to assist where needed and is an integral part of the hospital team.
At home, Andrew assists his neighbors in many ways. He moves his elderly neighbor’s trash cans and recycle bins from the street to the garage so their neighbors do not have to walk far. In the early morning hours, he will bring the newspapers to their front doors. Some in the community are not as mobile and energetic as he is and he believes that doing these things for others helps to make their lives more enjoyable.
Angela Leiva, RN Women’s Services | Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient
Angela has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital for the past six years. She is a dedicated employee who greatly enjoys spending time with patients. It is obvious to all who work with her that she possesses an extraordinary kindness.
Her main concern at work is that patients receive the best care possible. Every year Angela takes two trips to Nicaragua to perform mission work. She volunteers her time at a medicine clinic to help patients and also helps with building houses in the community. She is a remarkable nurse and a wonderful person who always goes out of her way to help others.
Geetha Kamath, MD | Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient
Dr. Kamath has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital for the past 29 years. She regularly volunteers at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic providing hours of patient care services. She organizes and is involved in specialty care camps for low income and uninsured through the Pinellas County Health Department.
Last year Dr. Kamath, with the help of ten Podiatrists, provided care to over 100 specialized foot care patients. She was involved in organizing a dental camp that provides cleanings and fillings to patients. She also has volunteered and served in an eye camp, arranged through the Lion’s Club for annual eye exams, reading glasses, and/or prescriptions. Dr. Kamath’s tireless efforts to bring improved health and wellness to our community demonstrate the basic mission and values of our hospital.
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., 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.