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Meet the 2015 HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction Recipients

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HCA Healthcare today presented the 2015 HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction to recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Healthcare Innovators Award and the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award, and are the highest honors that HCA Healthcare bestows on employees, physicians and volunteers. This is the first time the company has recognized all three HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction categories in one celebration.

The Frist Humanitarian Award, the oldest award in HCA Healthcare history, recognizes the highest achievements in serving others; the HCA Healthcare Innovators Award, founded in 2010, recognizes creative new ideas for enhancing quality of care and efficiency; and the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award, in its second year, recognizes accomplishments in the field of nursing.

These awards honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values upon which HCA Healthcare was founded.

Meet the recipients in the video vignettes below.

Frist Humanitarian Awards

Physician Recipients
Dr. Peter Sarantos & Dr. Kathy Sarantos | North Florida Regional Medical Center | Gainesville, Florida

Volunteer Recipient
John McClenahan | Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital | Las Vegas, Nevada

Employee Recipient
Kimberly Bass | Palms West Hospital | Loxahatchee, Florida

Excellence in Nursing Awards

Compassionate Care Recipient
Alison Jane Marsh | Centerpoint Medical Center | Independence, Missouri

Professional Mentoring Recipient
Jim Kruger | St. Lucie Medical Center | Port St. Lucie, FLorida

Innovators Awards

Service Excellence Recipient
Megan Gallegos, Nurse & Shawn L. Lewis, Clinical Coordinator of Emergency Services
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth | Fort Worth, Texas

Quality and Patient Safety Recipient
Tricia Casler, Nurse | St. David’s South Austin Medical Center | Austin, Texas

Financial Impact Recipient
Joanne T. Orlando, Nurse | MountainView Hospital | Las Vegas, Nevada            

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 186 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our approximately 275,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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