Spring Hill, Florida (November 13, 2012) – Oak Hill Hospital announces that Elizabeth “Liz” Jennings, a Registered Nurse at the hospital, is the 2012 recipient of Habitat for Humanity’s Hero of the Year Award. Ms. Jennings received the award on November 3rd at Habitat for Humanity’s Heroes’ Gala which was held at Southern Hills Plantation.
Ms. Jennings was nominated by Leanne Salazar, Vice President of Quality and Risk Management. In her nomination, Ms. Salazar emphasized that Jennings has been a Registered Nurse and a Hernando County resident for over 40 years and has been working at Oak Hill Hospital since 1991. Jennings has had a significant impact on Oak Hill and the local community throughout the last two decades and is a great example of the values and standards that made her the recipient of Oak Hill Hospital’s 2009 Frist Humanitarian Award. Ms. Jennings has volunteered to assist victims of domestic violence since the early 1970’s, where she assisted victims in relocating to safe locations and provided assistance with legal services. She has been actively involved with the Dawn Center, a local domestic violence shelter.
Ms. Jennings has been a member of the Dawn Center’s Board of Directors since the early 1990’s in a variety of positions. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of that organization. Ms. Jennings assists with the organizations multiple fund raisers throughout the year raising money for the Dawn Center. Additionally, Ms. Jennings is the nurse liaison for the S.A.V.E. team (sexual assault victim exam), which is an extension of the Hernando County Health Department and the Dawn Center. As a representative of the Dawn Center, Jennings has taken on-call duty, without compensation, for over 10 years. She has been available if an exam is required for a victim. She has also volunteered in numerous functions at the Dawn Center.
Ms. Jennings is involved with service organizations throughout the county; one of them is Hernando County Business and Professional Women (HCBPW). She has been an energetic member of HCBPW since 1995, and participates in numerous service projects. Furthermore, Jennings has been an active participant for over 20 years with the American Lung Association (ALA) and works on fundraisers such as the Annual Stair Climb in Tampa and the Clean Air Bike Ride at the Withlacoochee state trail. She is currently a regional board member.
Attached photo: Elizabeth “Liz” Jennings poses with her award.
About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (234 acute care beds), is one of the area’s largest private employers, and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery. Approximately 300 physicians, 950 associates, and over 350 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team.
Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:
· First and only open heart surgery hospital in Hernando County.
· First Chest Pain Center with PCI (heart catheterization) in Hernando County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First and Only advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando County to be fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
· First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
· First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
· First hospital in the region to achieve Heart Failure accreditation with the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First hospital in the region to offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and first to achieve national certification by The Joint Commission for its Hip & Knee replacement and spinal fusion programs.
· First in the nation to have achieved 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses, CEN’s.
· Only Emergency Care Center in Florida, and one of only 20 nationwide, honored by the Emergency Nurses Association for its first-ever Lantern Award exemplifying exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@hcahealthcare.com. In Citrus call 352-628-6441. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at OakHillHospital.com, or like us on Facebook.