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2007 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients Honored

March 11, 2008


Hudson, FL, (March 11, 2008) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that Fran Wrona from PBX and volunteer Daniel “Dan” Hammer received the hospital’s 2007 Frist Humanitarian Awards, in their respective category.

In an awards ceremony held on Thursday, March 6, the hospital announced that Fran Wrona, PBX Supervisor won the 2007 Frist Employee Award. Fran has been employed by Regional Medical Center for over 17 years, the majority of time in a leadership role in PBX.  Strong leadership skills combined with an extraordinary customer service focus were key factors in her selection.  According to her staff and peers, she consistently “goes above and beyond” to ensure that she provides the best service possible to hospital patients, visitors, physicians, colleagues and volunteers.

As part of the presentation, Fran was acknowledged for her kindness and compassion. She is known for assisting patients and visitors and never hesitates to walk a visitor to the proper waiting room.  It was also mentioned that she frequently buys newspapers for patients needing immediate assistance and toys for children who are sitting in the hospital waiting room.  She contributes her own time and money to all of the many charitable causes Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point supports.

Fran is also a very effective leader in her role as a supervisor of the hospital PBX operators.  She always ensures that her staff is current on changes in processes, policies, and equipment, even if it means coming in at midnight to work with operators working the night shift. Her staff communicates daily with every hospital department, and their commitment to keeping current on a wide range of information to support hospital operations is a reflection of her leadership.

Fran is also very involved in the community, actively participating in American Heart Association (AHA) and American Cancer Society (ACS) events.  She and her team collected over $2000 for the 2007 Nature Coast Heart Walk. In addition, she recently organized a car show for the ACS’s Relay for Life.  She is a very strong member of the Civic Association for Gulf Harbors, where she focuses on keeping her community clean and safe.  She also supports PARC, which is a charity that helps the handicapped.  She frequently donates clothing, shoes, and purses to the local women’s shelter to support women and assist them in their efforts to get a job. Fran is also very sympathetic to the needs of others who are down on their luck or sick.  She’s been known to go home from work and cook a variety of homemade dinners and desserts and then deliver them to the less fortunate or the elderly who can’t get out.   She has also taken it upon herself to purchase a cell phone on her private plan for an elderly couple so they have access to the 911 operator, if necessary. 

Fran is a wonderful humanitarian and who daily practices the spirit of giving. Whether a friend, co-worker, neighbor or a stranger, she can be counted on to deliver everything from support to a kind word or hug. 

The 2007 Volunteer Frist Winner, Dan Hammer began volunteering for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 2001 and has donated more than 19,000 hours of his time to the hospital.  He first began as a volunteer in Cardiac Surgical Unit (SCU).  His willing nature gained him the respect, trust and friendship of staff members and that of patients, families and his fellow volunteers.  His winning personality and leadership capabilities earned him the vice-presidency of the volunteer organization and later led to his election as President, the position he currently holds. Dan firmly supports the hospital and fellow volunteers.  He is a contributing writer to the volunteer newsletter, which helps keep volunteers informed of hospital policy changes that affect their assignments.  He is also the Chairperson for the CSU unit and fills in as a courtesy cart driver when needed. 

In addition to the countless hours he’s given to the hospital, he also donates his time to other organizations including the Aripeka Elks, where he assists with many national fundraising projects. He is active in the Sertoma and Lions Clubs, and is very involved with the Sertoma project to assists people with speech, hearing and language disorders.  Dan initiated placing boxes in the hospital lobby to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be refurbished for those in need.  In his spare time, he also volunteers for C.A.R.E.S of Beacon Woods where he organizes fundraisers, flea markets and other special projects.  CARES promotes quality of life and independence for adults through health, social and supportive services.

Dan Hammer is a true asset to the volunteers, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and the community. 

Also nominated for the awards were employees Antointette “Toni” Kraemer from Neuro-Spine and Marianne Vigilis of the Marketing Department.  Additional volunteers nominated for the award included Vera Lorenzi, Richard Weyland  and  Anthony “Tony” Valente

“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Fran and Dan for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Steve Rector, President and CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. “Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals. We’re proud to have them as part of our employee/volunteer family. Undoubtedly, the community and our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns they exemplify each day.”

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 335 physicians, 950 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson 100 Top Hospital* (* formerly Solucient), and has been 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 has received national certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO);  Approved Community Cancer Program by the College of Surgeons and has the only Accredited Chest Pain Center in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet visit: www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com

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