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2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients Announced

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April 28, 2011

Central Florida Regional Hospital Announces 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

Sanford, FL - Lisa Reineck. Ashinkumar Patel, M.D. and Volunteer Mary Komm were recently awarded Central Florida Regional Hospital’s 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee, physician, and volunteer can receive at an HCA hospital.  HCA is the parent company of Central Florida Regional Hospital.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee, one physician and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.

Reineck, the 2011 employee Frist Award recipient, has directed the volunteer program and the H2U health and wellness program at Central Florida Regional Hospital since 2006.  In addition to her work with volunteers, patients and families at the hospital, she has given countless hours to community organizations that reflect her strong passion for helping children and young adults, including Junior Achievement, DECA and Habitat for Humanity.  Her community involvement also includes support for Leadership Seminole, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Patel has been a member of the Central Florida Regional Hospital medical staff since 1991 and has served in leadership roles including Chief of Staff and Bylaws Committee Chairman.  He is actively involved with the local chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and works with his temple serving the community.  Dr. Patel spends one day every week volunteering at the Shepherd’s Hope Clinic.  He believes giving to the less fortunate is so very important that he takes every opportunity to talk about the great need for others to give their time. As a result, he has successfully recruited additional volunteers to work at the clinic.  Dr. Patel has also demonstrated a strong commitment to quality.  He continues to further his education to better care for his patients by attending quality related seminars and he is certified in Healthcare Quality Management and recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute for Healthcare Quality.

Mary Komm, the Central Florida Regional Hospital volunteer honored with the Frist Humanitarian Award this year, has worked at the hospital Information Desk and Gift Shop for the last three years.  Her commitment to service extends beyond the hospital walls to volunteering with the Sanford Police Department Citizens On Patrol program, donating groceries and time to help feed the homeless in Sanford, providing clothes and transportation assistance to those in need and a Bread Ministry for Teen Challenge and the underprivileged.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Dr. Patel, Lisa and Mary for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Wendy Brandon, Chief Executive Officer at Central Florida Regional Hospital. “Their generosity and dedication serve as a living example of Central Florida Regional Hospital’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life. "