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Northside Hospital Announces 2010 HCA Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

April 21, 2011

St. Petersburg, FL - Northside Hospital is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award. The awards are given in recognition of the humanitarian efforts and achievements of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.  This annual award pays tribute to a staff member, volunteer and physician at each HCA hospital who demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients; has performed extraordinary acts of kindness; demonstrates a level of commitment to community service beyond the daily operation of the hospital that parallels their involvement to quality patient care; and whose contributions may be overshadowed due to personal modesty and genuine humility.

The recipients of the 2010 award were Deirdre Spina, Betty Tipton and Manu Nanda, M.D., for employee, volunteer and physician, respectively. Recipients of the 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award were recommended by their peers and community leaders for excellence in and out of the workplace.

Deirdre Spina is a charge nurse in the medical/surgical unit. She volunteers with Team Rubicon, an organization that responds to isolated areas, providing crucial life-sustaining medical aid before others can react. It is a non-profit organization which bridges the gap between catastrophe and large-scale response by uniting military veterans with medical professionals. In 2010, when the natural disaster hit the country of Haiti, it was very difficult for relief workers to travel to this region to provide medical care. Deirdre took the time and effort to travel to Haiti via the Dominican Republic to provide medical assistance to those impacted by the earthquake. She is also working on her paramedic licensure in hopes of being able to provide more volunteer help to those in need.

Betty Tipton has volunteered nearly 13,000 hours at Northside during her 20 year tenure. Throughout her time, she has served many roles, most recently running the hospital gift shop. She orders items, sets up displays, manages the finances, and works in the store. Proceeds from the gift shop are donated to various charities throughout the St. Petersburg area. Last year the gift shop was able to donate to the American Heart Association, the St. Pete Free Clinic, and other local agencies that provide food, shelter and healthcare to those who cannot afford it. Betty calls herself a “jack of all trades” and gained her experience in retail working 25 years at Woolworth’s. She helps knit caps and makes bears for patients. She has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren who all keep her busy when she is not volunteering at the hospital.

Dr. Manu Nanda has been working with Northside Hospital for the past twenty-seven years and was Chief of Staff in 2004. He is known for his work  in general and colorectal surgery and for the past six months has been working with robotics. In addition to all the work he does for our hospital, this physician travels to Guatemala yearly with the organization Faith in Practice, for a week every June and operates on indigent patients with a group of   surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists. Dr. Nanda also sponsors two schools in rural India through the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, and takes it a step further offering support to children in both India and the Philippines.  Since the early 1990’s, he has followed one student from preschool all the way to her twenties. Currently, he is sponsoring three children from low income families and his generosity contributes to their education and meals. This physician’s charity spans across many organizations. He supports the Blind Foundation of India, USO and Spirit of America, the Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Cancer Society and the Florida Holocaust Museum among many others.

“I am humbled that we are able to work with these three outstanding individuals on a daily basis,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, President and CEO of Northside Hospital. “Their contributions to the hospital, as well as society at large, are a strong reflection of their selfless character and dedication to human life.”

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