HCA Announces National 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HCA (NYSE:HCA) today announced the recipients of the 2010 Frist Humanitarian Awards. Arnold Lemay, director of engineering, PBX & security at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Ky., Pauline Shaver, a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla. and Audelio Rivera, M.D., a neonatologist and director of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, are recipients of the national awards that recognize an HCA employee, volunteer and physician each year. They received the awards today at a ceremony in Nashville.

Established in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. Employees, volunteers and medical staff members who demonstrate commitment and dedication to providing care and humanitarianism are selected from around the country, and honorees are recognized at the local level. The three national recipients were selected from more than 200 hospital-level honorees.

The Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 in cash for the employee and volunteer. The medical staff honoree receives a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice.

“The Frist Humanitarian Award celebrates our culture of charitable giving,” said HCA chairman and CEO Richard M. Bracken. “It is perhaps the greatest recognition we can bestow upon a colleague.”

Arnold Lemay, 57, who has twice been honored as a local Frist Humanitarian Awards recipient, is known for helping people in need, including his fellow employees, patients, hospital visitors and others. He helps set up, maintain and repair equipment at the Mercy Clinic, which provides medical and dental care to the indigent. He worked in a clinic in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and he has served as a missionary in Haiti and Honduras, where he installed a water filtration system and taught people how to provide clean water to more than 400 homes. Arnold plans to travel to Nigeria later this year to help design, build and install equipment in a replacement hospital.

Pauline Shaver, 73, founded The Angelus, a nonprofit organization that is a home for 35 handicapped adults and children with cerebral palsy, in 1979. She became familiar with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point because residents of The Angelus were brought to the hospital from time to time. Impressed with the caring approach of the hospital’s staff, Pauline became a volunteer courier at the facility two years ago. In addition to her volunteer work at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and The Angelus, Pauline raises money for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association through bake sales.

Dr. Audelio Rivera, 54, has dedicated his professional life to caring for the sickest newborns. Beyond his work as a neonatologist, he co-founded Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin in 1998 to serve Central Texas by improving the health of tiny preterm and sick babies by providing human milk. Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin has sent milk to 94 hospitals in 21 states and dispensed nearly 650,000 bottles of milk. Dr. Rivera also works closely with Hand to Hold, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support to parents of premature babies. In addition, he established Austin First Steps High-Risk Follow-Up Clinic to provide continuing care to former NICU babies.

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