April 01, 2011
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that its 2010 Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to the following:
- The Frist Humanitarian Employee Award was presented to Suzanne Baker, Cardiac Surgical Unit (CSU)
- The Physician Frist Award was presented to Ronald Gilberg MD.
- The Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award was presented to Pauline Shaver
Created in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. – founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian – this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care-giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. Each nominee for the award is judged in the following four categories:
- Level of commitment to the facility and patient care.
- Level of commitment to the community.
- Having a positive effect on others.
- Dependability, consistency and people oriented.
The employee and volunteer winners receives a $250 savings bond. The physician receives a donation of $500 to the charity of his choice. Each winner also receives a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a parking pass in the physician’s parking lot for one full year, their picture on display at the front entrance. The hospital award winners go on to compete for the 2010 National Frist Humanitarian Award.
The runner-up nominees receive a certificate and a beautiful dish garden. The employee nominees for 2010 were Suzanne Baker of CSU and Mary Shillcock of Surgical Care Unit (SCU). This year’s physician nominee was Dr. Ronald Gilberg, – Internal Medicine. The volunteer nominees were Otto Ottaviano and Pauline Shaver.
The hospital award winners go on to compete for the 2010 National Frist Award. If selected as a national Frist Award winner, they and a guest will be invited to Nashville in May where they will attend a reception in their honor by Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., and other HCA leadership. They will also receive a bronze statue, a $5,000 gift to the charity of their choice and a $5,000 cash gift. The physician recipient will receive a $10,000 gift to a charity of his/her choice and a bronze statue.
About the Award Winners
Our 2010 Employee Frist Award recipient, Suzanne Baker, is Director of CSU and Cardiac Surgical Stepdown Unit (CSSU). Suzanne’s commitment to patient care exceeds the norm and she extends herself far beyond her duties at RMCBP. She is the first one to be at a hurting soul’s side or to help a nurse who is in a difficult situation. She is compassionate and caring – she is the true definition of a nurse. Her cheerful attitude about life in general exudes from her whenever you speak to her. Her commitment to the community is extraordinary. Some of the activities she is involved with include creating the support group for the Peripheral Artery Disease and spearheads the weekly walk group. She is a leader of her own Girls Scout troop – she has been involved in this for many years. Her daughter is now 20, but Suzanne remains a vital part of this committed organization for the development of young girls. She is a lifeguard and utilizes this certification for the Girl Scout camps. She volunteers to be the resident RN for other Girl Scouts troops as needed. She teaches Basic Life Support. She is a committee member at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. She volunteers at numerous food banks throughout the community, and she participates as a medical volunteer in “SASSY” (Seniors are Someone Special Year Round) at the Gulf View Square Mall providing free blood pressure checks and education. Suzanne is someone who goes above and beyond doing the little things that others wouldn’t think of doing. She is the type of person you would want by your side in any time of need.
Our 2010 Physician Frist Award recipient, Dr. Ronald Gilberg, is loved by his patients and shows a genuine interest in them beyond the customer relationship. He cares about the person and their needs. He is a loving family man and involves himself in their lives and shares in their activities in the school and community. He was Chief of Staff at RMCBP for the last two years and is a past President of the Pasco County Medical Society. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, Dr. Gilberg worked very hard to accomplish a much closer working relationship between the medical staff, the various departments of the hospital and administration. He believes that every member of the hospital staff is important and that only by working together as a team can the best results be obtained for the patients. Dr. Gilberg also engaged the medical staff to become more active in volunteerism and philanthropy in the local community and in the world. H created an annual Volunteer Opportunity Fair which brought many charitable agencies to meet the medical staff and encourage them to volunteer in areas of need and interest. During the Haitian and Pakistan disasters, Dr. Gilberg responded by spearheading a donation drive resulting in him presenting a check for $20,000 to the American Red Cross from the medical staff. He believes that no matter where you are in the world, no matter what differences we have, we are and remain a community of one. In addition, he personally has delivered goods to local food banks and volunteers at free clinics. He is also involved in his synagogue, not only in worship but also in their philanthropic endeavors.
Our 2010 Volunteer Frist Award recipient, Pauline Shaver, has been volunteering at RMCBP since August 2009. She has over 290 volunteer hours as a courier on Wednesday afternoons. Pauline is the founder and Executive Director of The Angelus. The Angelus was developed in 1979 as a home for physically and mentally challenged adults. Pauline taught physical education at a private school in Gulfport, when she met a young girl, Missy, who had cerebral palsy, in a wheel chair and was going to be placed in the state mental hospital after the state removed her from her mother’s home. There were not any group homes then for kids in wheelchairs like her. Missy gave her the inspiration to open her own group home. By the time she got her license to open, she had five others. The Angelus quickly outgrew her home in St. Pete and she relocated to 17 acres here in Hudson. The Angelus is a model of success among non-profit care centers for profoundly handicapped people. Community volunteers have rallied to build specially equipped homes and an education center for cerebral palsy victims. Country music legend Charlie Daniels began gathering celebrities for annual fundraising concerts. Other celebrities, including NFL players, routinely stop by to say hello to 34 men and women who live there – some since childhood.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
- Certified Advanced Heart Failure - Joint Commission (1st in the State of Florida - 1/2010)
- Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center - Joint Commission
- American Heart Association 2010 Get With the Guidelines Triple Performance Award Winner
- Gold Award in Coronary Artery Disease
- Gold Plus Award in Heart Failure
- Gold Plus Award in Stroke
- American Heart Association's 2009 Stroke Silver Plus Performance Award Winner (1st in State of Florida)
- Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2010
- Wound Care and Accredited Hyperbaric Medicine
- MRI, CT, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited - American College of Radiology
- Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program - American College of Surgeons.
- Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI - Society of Chest Pain Centers.
- Designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters
- Named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at14000 Fivay RoadHudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com. Or visit us on Facebook.