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2009 Frist Humanitarian Employee and Volunteer Award Recipients

April 01, 2010

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Announces 2009 Frist Humanitarian Employee and Volunteer Award Recipients

Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that its 2009 Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to the following:

  • The Frist Humanitarian Employee Award was equally presented to JoAnn Ohser, LPN and Ramon Estampador, RN.
  • The Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award was presented to Elliot Lorenzi.

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 each receive a $250 award. Each winner also receives a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a reserved parking spot for one full year, and a photo on display at the front entrance. The hospital award winners go on to compete for the 2009 National Frist Humanitarian Award. Each nominee receives a certificate and a beautiful dish garden. Employee nominees were Ramon Estampador, Suzanne Baker, and JoAnn Ohser.

About the Award Winners

JoAnn Ohser joined Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point on November 6, 2006. She currently works as an LPN in the medical telemetry unit where she has earned a reputation as a genuinely good individual. At RMCBP she exhibits exemplary patient-centered attitude. She will not pass by a visitor without asking if there’s anything she can do for them. The exemplary care she is known for providing her patients extends to outside the facility. JoAnn is actively involved in the outreach activities of her church, the Idelwood Baptist Church in Lutz. She has used vacation time to accompany a team of volunteers from her church to the Dominican Republic where she has provided a variety of assistance to those in need.

JoAnn’s most recent trip was to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake. She and her team distributed packets of personal supplies to patients, which included pairs of flip flops – an important item in this area. JoAnn went even so far as to collect packages of underwear from the staff of RMCPB to take with her; these important but often overlooked items were given to nurses at a hospital who ensured that each patient with provided with a new pair. She was also able to provide nursing care to pediatric earthquake victims. Some of the smallest patients had been orphaned by the disaster and JoAnn was able to comfort them with not just her nursing skills but also provide them a mother’s TLC. JoAnn embarked on this humanitarian trip even though she did not take the paid time off available to cover her time away from work – a wonderful example of her sincere desire to help those in need. She is actually looking forward to making another trip in the near future.

Ramon Estampador joined Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in July of 1990. He currently works as an RN in the surgical intensive care unit where he has a reputation for outstanding patient care and consistently exhibiting a positive and cheerful attitude. He is recognized as a team player by his peers; he will even walk through the unit when his own work is caught up to see if any of his coworkers need help. He has a reputation for never saying “no” when asked for help. Just as he’s also willing to extend himself on his unit, Ramon is equally willing to do the same in the community. He can be counted on to contribute to the facility fundraising projects, such as the Holiday Baskets and the Back to School Backpacks. He also donates to worthy community charities and is a blood donor. He joins the annual Diabetic Walk and has even walked in out-of-state events. In addition to all of this Ramon volunteers at the Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa and drives cancer patients to their appointments.

Elliot Lorenzi was this year’s only nominee for the Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award. However, he actually received several different nominations. Elliot has been volunteering at RMCPB since April 2004, where he has logged over 10,500 volunteer hours. He is known as the person who sets the standards in the volunteer organization. He is regarded as a genuine individual willing to take the next step for the good of the organization.

Outside of RMCPB, Elliot is a member of his church’s Knights of Columbus organization where he gives his time and talents to various charity events. He is a member of his community’s Crime Watch program, patrolling his neighborhood to assure the safety and well-being of his fellow residents. He assists the neighborhood association by cleaning and weeding the yards of the elderly and foreclosed homes. During the holiday season he took on the responsibility of decorating the neighborhood clubhouse Christmas tree along with the clubhouse and surrounding areas. He purchases all replacement lights, ornaments and ancillary materials to support this event. In his spare time he volunteers at the Hudson Public Library.

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