Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services; Shelli Ginther, Frist Winner and Sharon D. Hayes , CEO, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., the Frist Humanitarian Award is the most prestigious honor and longest standing tradition in HCA history. The Frist Award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is proud to announce that it has recognized Shelli Ginther as this year's Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award winner.

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities.

The Frist Award is awarded to a volunteer who is judged in the following four categories:

  • Level of commitment to the facility & patient care
  • Level of commitment to the community
  • Having a positive effect on others
  • Dependability, consistency and people oriented

The volunteer receives a $500 award, a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a front row parking spot or pass in the physicians' parking lot for one full year, a beautiful large garden basket, and her picture on the display at the front entrance of the hospital.

In announcing the award, Donna Owen, Director of Volunteer & Pastoral Care, said, "Shelli Ginther is truly deserving." Ms. Ginther has served for the last three years as a chaplain aid ministering to the spiritual needs of patients and families. In addition to her volunteer services at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, she is quite active in the United Methodist Church where she serves as an organist, participates in the choir, and a variety of other volunteer services.

Ms. Ginther spreads her caring in a variety of ways in the local community including delivering flowers to shut-ins and cleaning homes for Alzheimer/dementia patients. She can be known to drop in at assisted living facilities with her keyboard for sing-alongs. She is also a certified lay servant and lay delegate to the Methodist Conference. Another passion is her membership in the Native Plant Society, which protects and preserves native plants, and is a member of both the New Port Richey Garden Club and the Spring Hill Garden Club. Her next project is to grow her hair long to donate to Locks of Love and Patene.

"All of Shelli's activities demonstrate her concern to the welfare and happiness of others, not only in our facility but to the community," said Donna Owen.