Diane Ricca
Diane Ricca & Shayne George

Hudson/Tampa Bay,Florida– Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced its 2013 Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award was presented to Diane Ricca. Ms. Ricca has volunteered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point since July 2006, accumulating over 20,000 merit hours. During this time she has volunteered in the gift shop as lead buyer and chair-person. Diane also serves on the volunteer Board of Directors at large and on the Sun Coast Health and Education Foundation which raises funds to support college scholarships for high school students of hospital volunteers.

In addition to her service as a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Diane, a cancer survivor herself, participates every year with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in our local community. She has been named individual Pacesetter for the years 2012 in which she raised over $2,500 and in 2013 raising nearly $3,500 for this worthy cause. Diane also serves every year at the Chasco Festival and Oktoberfest, which supports the local Service to Mankind organization (SERTOMA). Diane also volunteers with the All Around Kids Foundation, which provides funds to help local children participate in activities after school. There’s more…Ms. Ricca also served at the local Cares assisting in the kitchen and dining areas prior to her dedicating more of her efforts at Bayonet Point.

Ms. Ricca was chosen from five nominees. In addition to her, the nominees were:

  • Gasper Aronica
  • William “Bill” McKeon
  • May Lou Ray
  • Cliff Wing

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 dedication and care-giving epitomize the highest standard 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

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Frist Volunteer of the Year recipient receives a $250 savings bond, a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a parking pass in the physician’s parking lot for one full year, and her picture on display at the front entrance. As the hospital award winner, Ms. Ricca will go on to compete for the 2013 national Frist Humanitarian Award.

The four nominees received a beautiful certificate and a dish garden to commemorate their nominations.

Photo: Shayne George, CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Diane Ricca, Frist Humanitarian Award winner.