Citrus Memorial Hospital recently presented Awards of Distinction including the Frist Humanitarian Award and the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award. The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes the highest achievements in serving others and the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes accomplishments in the field of nursing.

Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Frist Humanitarian Award was founded in 1971 and honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of HCA Healthcare and renowned humanitarian, this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomizes the highest standard of quality and personal commitment.

The awards are given annually at each HCA Healthcare hospital. One recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities and their overall service to the community. Another recognizes a volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within the facility and the community. The third award recognizes a physician who best displays concern for the well-being of others beyond his or her day-to-day physician responsibilities.

The Citrus Memorial Hospital award winners are submitted for consideration for the national level Frist Awards. If selected, the honorees receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice and $5,000 in cash for the employee and volunteer. The physician honoree receives a $10,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award are: Emily Mintner, Director of Rehab and Outpatient Services; Carlette Wright-Barfield, RN (registered nurse) in the cardiovascular operating room; Phyllis Powell, a volunteer; and Dr. Joey Bennett, a radiation oncologist at RBOI (Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute).

Emily Mintner, Director of Rehab and Outpatient Services, an employee recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award, is deeply committed to the youth of Citrus and Marion Counties. Extending well beyond her numerous responsibilities throughout the hospital, she spends what little free time she allows herself ensuring local youth are prepared for all of the changes that come with leaving home for the first time. Through a variety of workshops and athletic competitions with a charity she spearheads — the Wil-Power Foundation — Mintner reaches out to high school athletes who may be at risk during their freshman year of college.

Carlette Wright-Barfield, RN in Heart and Vascular Center and employee recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award, does much more than care for patients as if they're members of her family. An involved and active member of the community, she is deeply involved in her church where she offers support to five missionaries. Locally, she sings with the Citrus County Community Choir, takes blood pressures at events throughout the county and volunteers with a variety of charities.

Phyllis Powell, volunteer recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award demonstrates a strong personal commitment to serving patients, visitors and staff at the hospital, having donated five years of service to the volunteer program. Compassionate and giving, especially when it comes to children, Powell and her husband have fostered and adopted dozens of children in need of a safe, loving home.

Dr. Joey Bennett, physician recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award goes far beyond his duty as a radiation oncologist of treating cancer patients. An active volunteer and founder of the Citrus Aid Cancer foundation, Bennett saw a need for additional support for those suffering with health, finance, and emotional issues that come with cancer treatment. He, along with a handful of loyal volunteers, formed a foundation that could provide help in ways other large cancer charities simply couldn't.

Excellence in Nursing Recipient

Citrus Memorial Hospital's knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are on the front line of patient care, every day. The Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes the intrinsic value of the nursing practice in accomplishing the company mission of providing the highest quality of care to patients and communities. The award winners are submitted for consideration for the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award. If chosen, the prize includes a $5,000 donation to the nurse's charity of choice and $5,000 in cash.

Jim Henry, RN received the Excellence in Nursing Award in the professional mentoring category. Henry is a night shift charge nurse on the hospital's medical surgical unit where he serves as a caregiver to patients and staff alike and sets an example for new nurses. A seasoned professional who holds advanced degrees and certifications, Henry ensures Citrus Memorial's newest nurses receive valuable on-the-job education about their newly chosen careers.

Roshika Turner, RN received the Excellence in Nursing Award in the compassionate care category. Turner is a nurse on the hospital's progressive care unit where she serves as both a relief charge nurse and preceptor. Known as the "patient whisperer" on her unit, Turner is the nurse her peers turn to when they need help soothing a patient.