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Northside Hospital Announces 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

March 28, 2012

St. Petersburg, FL  – Robert Sanchez, MD, Benjamin Ikirima, and Dick Chenoweth were recently awarded Northside Hospital’s 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award. All three of the recipients will now be eligible for the nationwide 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee, physician, and volunteer can receive at HCA, the parent company of Northside Hospital.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. The award was created to recognize one employee, one physician and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.

The physician recipient of this year’s award, Robert Sanchez, M.D., has been very involved with the American Heart Association, sitting on the Tampa Bay Metro Board and serving as the Chair of the My Life Check Campaign.  At the hospital, Dr. Sanchez has been integral in the development and implementation of the Cardiology Fellowship program, currently serving as Program Director.  Dr. Sanchez has also been instrumental in acquiring medical supplies and necessities for use in the yearly trips he and his family take to an orphanage in Honduras.

Frist Award employee recipient, Benjamin Ikirima, is a Certified Nursing Assistant originally from Kenya. He has been awarded the International Award for International Peace and Understanding by the United Nations. He volunteers for mission trips to the Bahamas and works Habitat Bahamas which raises funds for vehicles, dental equipment, supplies and many other items for Bahamas residents. He is currently in the process of recruiting medical personnel and volunteers for a community-based clinic he is opening in Kenya in memory of his late mother.

This year’s volunteer recipient, Dick Chenoweth, has been a Northside Hospital volunteer for nearly 10 years, dedicating more than 4,000 hours of service throughout his tenure. He is respected for his work and the time he puts in to help the Emergency Department each week with whatever needs they may have. Dick serves as the President of the Volunteers, a role that he has had many times since becoming a volunteer in 2004. He also shows his compassion for others by donating platelets every two weeks.

“HCA is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize these three outstanding individuals for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, President and CEO of Northside Hospital. “Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals. We’re proud to have each of them as part of our healthcare family. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns they each demonstrate every day.

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