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August 23, 2012

Hudson, Florida (August 22, 2012) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently announced that it honored its teen volunteers at its 16th Annual Teen Appreciation Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The awards luncheon was to recognize the services offered by many teen volunteers helping at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

This summer we had 90 teen volunteers ranging in age from 13 to 18. They volunteered throughout the hospital in a variety of departments such as: couriers, food and nutrition, environmental services, materials, marketing, the welcome center and dietary. Each teen received a certificate of appreciation and a letter to give their guidance counselors with the number of hours they volunteered. Many of the students use these hours to apply for scholarships. In fact, this year the volunteer association gave out three (3) $2,000 scholarships to teens who volunteered at least 100 hours at the hospital and had a 3.6 GPA or better.

At the awards ceremony George Niebler, President of the Volunteer Association, announced this year’s five star teen volunteers of the year. This year there were three teen volunteer winners.

Austin Atwood has been volunteering almost three years and has 526 Life Hours. These are the actual hours Austin volunteered without any Merit Hours included. Austin is a courier on Thursday evenings. He does an outstanding job discharging patients, helping with the Welcome Center when asked to fill in and working with the patients, visitors and other volunteers. Austin’s Team Leader, Gus Jakobs, said “Austin absolutely deserves this award. He is a great young man and does an outstanding job.”

Megan Gunther has been volunteering for over two years and has 701 Life Hours. Megan is a courier on Wednesday evenings and has become one of our best teen volunteers. She takes her job seriously and does an excellent job discharging patients and running errands. In addition when we are very busy she will help at Welcome Center A. Her Team Leader, Mary Suter, said, “Megan absolutely deserves this award.”

My Nguyen has been volunteering for over two years and has 795 Life Hours. My volunteers on Saturdays as a courier and stays for more than one shift. She takes her job seriously and helps in any way she can. She doesn’t wait to be asked, she just does it. She always has a smile on her face and works well with all the volunteers, young and older alike. Her Team Leader, Bill McKeon, said, “My is very polite and hard working. She does a great job.”

About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.

RMCBP has been approved by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma, as a Provisional Level 2 Trauma Center. This designation means critically injured patients may have access to treatment in the “golden hour.” This is the first hour after a serious injury in which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical attention will prevent death. Through an affiliation with the University of South Florida Health, RMCBP has the support of a major academic university and medical school. A Trauma Center in our community means faster treatment to improve patient outcomes and keep patients close to home and their loved ones.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:

  • Recipient of the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in both heart failure and stroke.
  • Recipient of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of heart attack care that improves the survival and outcomes for STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.
  • Top Performing Hospital, the Joint Commission - recognized as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals in quality measurements for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
  • Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center - Joint Commission
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI - Society of Chest Pain Centers for Cycle I, II and III
  • Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
  • MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited - American College of Radiology
  • Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program - American College of Surgeons.
  • 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
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