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2010 National Volunteer Humanitarian Award Honored

June 28, 2011

Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point last week honored Pauline Shaver for receiving the 2010 HCA National Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award for her dedicated service to the community and as a dedicated volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas 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.

This is the highest honor given by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s parent company, HCA. This year’s local hospital winners included Pauline Shaver as Frist Humanitarian Volunteer of the Year, Suzanne Baker as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s employee Frist award winner and Dr. Ronald Gilbert as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s physician winner. Each year, the facility winners are forwarded to HCA corporate where they compete nationally with winners of all other HCA facilities. This is the first time Regional Medical Center has ever had a national Frist Award winner. Ms. Shaver has volunteered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for more than two years and during those two years she has been nominated by her peers and received a one star achievement award for outstanding service to patients, visitors and staff.

Ms. Shaver has spent more than 30 years of her life helping the most vulnerable people in our community – children and adults with cerebral palsy. Pauline Shaver founded The Angelus, in her home in 1969. It was a home for eight severely handicapped children ranging in age from one to fifteen years. These children would have gone to institutions if she had not helped them. When they outgrow her home in 1986, Ms. Shaver obtained land in Pasco County just east of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Over the years Ms. Shaver has been able to encourage many people from all walks of life to become involved with fund raisers resulting in building additional buildings in supporting her efforts.

As the need for housing increased for those with cerebral palsy, Ms. Shaver went to the state of Florida to receive approval from state legislature to allow her to be licensed and classified as a group home for physically handicapped residents. She now provides a home for 35 residents. While working with the legislature she met Congresswoman Connie Mack who introduced her to the famous Charlie Daniels, country music singer. In 1990 Charlie came to visit The Angelus and began encouraging many other singer friends to join in an annual concert to provide funds and awareness to The Angelus.

It was Pauline’s desire to provide her residents the opportunity to have a comfortable home, educational opportunities, physical activities, the love of animals and serene surroundings. The Angelus is now located on 17 acres of land where residents enjoy the great outdoors with paths made for wheelchairs and animals. There are many activities which assist in providing physical activity such as a pool, gardening, workshop, wheelchair races, and naturally music. Pauline’s dream has touched the lives of so many by providing a home for so many handicapped residents. Her compassion has also touched their families giving them the comfort of knowing their loved one is taken care of and in good hands.

Pauline’s humble and loving heart has also touched the entire Tampa Bay area. There are many local fundraising events that keep The Angelus running, supported by the County Sheriff’s office, the Rotary Club, volunteers and many others help sponsor fund raising events such golf tournaments, motorcycle rallies, haunted houses, community picnic and community yard sales.

 After 30 years of running The Angelus Ms. Shaver officially retired as executive director of the facility and chose to volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point because of the care that was given to her residents over the years. While serving as a volunteer she participates in a wide range of activities including baking for the bake sales, which raise money for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She is also counted on for several of the projects that the volunteers have. Although she volunteers at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point she also continues working at The Angelus.

The Angelus is a not-for-profit organization that depends on the state of Florida and the generosity of others to keep the doors open. The Angelus also employs approximately 80 employees.

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