Attached photo: L-R CEO, Shayne George and Jack Long presenting Frist Award.
The Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian, this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care-giving epitomizes the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.
Three awards are given annually at each HCA hospital. One recognizes an HCA employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities and their overall service to the community. Another recognizes an HCA volunteer who gives unselfishly in their service to the facility. A third award is announced to a physician who best epitomizes Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.’s commitment to the communities in which we serve.
The employee winner receives $250. Each winner receives a Frist lapel pin, plaque, a front row parking spot or pass in the physician’s parking lot for one full year, and a beautiful large dish garden and their picture on display at the front entrance. Runner up nominees receive a certificate and beautiful dish garden. Employee nominees in alphabetical order were:
· Diane Cadavid Pacheco – Medical Telemetry
· David Chaput – Pharmacy
· Kaitlyn Ferguson – Laboratory
· Cheri Fields – Medical/Oncology
· Dale Greeley – Medical Telemetry
· Rev. Jack Long – Pastoral Care Services
· Melissa Musumeci – Neuro Spine
About Chaplain Jack Long
Rev. Jack Long was nominated because he volunteers and works tirelessly without the recognition he deserves. Rev. Long was a pastor before coming to Florida. In addition to the traditional pastoral role he worked helping people and businesses with flood recovery for ten years after the Johnstown, PA flood. He also volunteered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the local school district, the Mental Health Transitional Care Home, Lee Hospital – helping to develop a new Spiritual Care Department.
Rev. Long became chaplain at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point approximately 10 years ago. In addition to serving in this capacity, Rev. Jack heads up the holiday basket drive where more than 90 families receive complete holiday needs through his efforts. He also organized a backpack drive for needy children, which has been very successful. In addition to his duties at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Reverend Jack volunteers at local homeless shelters, helps in food banks and also provides clothes for hospital patients being discharged who have no clothes of their own.
In the recent past, he led drives to help rebuild from Hurricane Charlie in Port Charlotte and help provide aid for the Haitian Earthquake through “Shelter Box,” provided aid for Hurricane Katrina victims and just about every disaster that occurs. He has a reputation for going above and beyond by visiting patients at home upon request. Chaplain Jack is involved with the Alzheimer’s Family Organization; he ministers freely in area churches; he encourages and counsels pastors and spiritual leaders and serves on the board of Holiday Mission and recently on the board of Campsite Ministries.
Each weekend Chaplain Jack preaches at a senior citizen retirement park. He often speaks at clubs and community functions. Reverend Jack Long is happiest when helping others.
In addition to this award, Rev. Jack Long will now be eligible for the 2013 national Frist award. If selected as the national Frist Award winner he and a guest are invited to Nashville, Tennessee where he will attend a reception in his honor by Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr. and other HCA leadership. The national winner also receives a bronze statue, a $5,000 gift to the charity of his choice and a $5,000 cash gift.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 1,264 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
· Level II Trauma Center
· 2011 and 2012 Top Performing Hospital for Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care – The Joint Commission
· Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
· Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
· MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
· Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
· 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
· Awarded Hospital Safety Score of “A” in four consecutive rankings by The Leapfrog Group.
· Recipient of the 2013 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award in both heart failure and stroke.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.comor visit us on Facebook.