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Donald Vierling, MD Receives 2011 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award

June 05, 2012

Donald Vierling, MD
Dr. Vierling receives Frist Award
from RMCBP’s CEO, Shayne George

Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced its 2011 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award was presented to Donald Vierling, MD.

Created in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services. 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 Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Physician winner receives a $500 donation to the charity of his choice, a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a plaque, and his picture on display at the front entrance. The hospital award winner goes on to compete for the 2011 National Frist Humanitarian Award. This year Rudy Kunhardt, MD and Donald Vierling, MD were each nominated.

About Dr. Don Vierling

This year’s winner received multiple nominations from members of the medical staff as well as the clinical staff of the hospital. Dr. Vierling has a reputation for dedicating his entire adult life to the service of others and his list of accomplishments that accompanied his nominations are much too numerous to mention in this writing.

It was Donald Vierling, MD who saw the need for a hospital in northwest Pasco and was the very first physician on staff at the then Bayonet Point Hospital where he has also served three years as Chief of Staff and has served as a member and past chairman of the Medical Executive Committee. He has held positions as member and chair of the board of trustees and had been an active family practitioner for 22 years. He is currently the medical director for the Regional Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medical Center, which is a position he has held since 2000. Prior to his commitment to family medicine, Donald Vierling, MD served his community as a chiropractic physician! He has also served as a:

  • Motorcycle police officer for the city of Clearwater, Florida
  • Mayor of Dade City
  • Scout master and member of the board of directors of Boy Scouts of America
  • Track physician for Daytona Speedway
  • Volunteer physician at Good Samaritan Free Clinic
  • Member and past and present chair of Pasco County EMS Advisory Board
  • Member of the city of New Port Richey Elder Affairs Committee
  • Past member of the Dade City Rotary Club
  • Member of the Rotary Club of New Port Richey
  • Charter president of the Port Richey Rotary Club

Dr. Vierling has been recognized in “Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans: 1995-1996,” recognized in “International Who’s Who of Professionals:  1996-1997.”

He is a recipient of Consumers Research Council of America “America’s Top Family Doctor” award – 2004-2005, and he has been appointed a surveyor for Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Association/JCAHO.

In addition, Dr. Vierling helped in the clean water project in Costa Rica and was involved in Rotary International’s educational program against polio.

Dr. Vierling and his wife, Kim Lee Vierling, reside in New Port Richey, Florida where they are often found enjoying their large family of three daughters, one son, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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