HCA Healthcare presents the 2022 HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction

Today we were proud to present our annual HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction to the recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction, which include the Frist Humanitarian Awards, Innovators Award and Excellence in Nursing Awards, are the highest honors bestowed by HCA Healthcare on employees, physicians and volunteers.

The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes the highest achievements in service to others; the Innovator Award recognizes new creative ideas to improve quality of care and efficiency; and the Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes the highest levels of performance in nursing.

“The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction celebrate the colleagues, physicians and volunteers who inspire us all. The recipients honored today exemplify the mission and values ​​of HCA Healthcare as they continue to selflessly serve inside and outside of our facilities.

Sam Hazen, Managing Director, HCA Healthcare

First Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Frist Humanitarian Award honors members of the HCA Healthcare family whose work and lives embody the humanitarian principles on which our organization was founded. Established in 1971 and named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), this award honors individuals within our organization who raise the bar by demonstrating a level of commitment and caring that will beyond everyday acts of kindness, and who inspire us with their compassion, dedication and spirit.

The first employees and volunteers of the Humanitarian Award receive a cash donation of $10,000 and a donation of $10,000 to a charity of their choice, while the physician recipient receives a donation of $20,000 to the charity of their choice. charity of his choice.

49 recipientse The first annual humanitarian awards are:

“HCA Healthcare was founded on an unwavering dedication to caring for and improving human life,” Hazen said. “It is an honor to present this year’s esteemed recipients with the premier humanitarian award as they live the vision of our company founders.”

Diana Elizabeth Moll helping a baby in the hospital
Diana Elizabeth Moll, Child Life Specialist, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Diana Elisabeth Moll
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (Idaho Falls, Idaho)

Diana Elizabeth Moll is a Child Life Specialist for the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s strong pediatric program.

Known as “the pulse of pediatrics” throughout the Idaho Falls community, Moll is a true patient advocate and an integral part of the hospital’s employee advisory group, actively spearheading projects to boost the morale of colleagues.

His support of a local food bank earned him a $5,000 division award and a $10,000 national award. Additionally, Moll is active with nonprofits focused on children’s resources, volunteering eight years in a row with Camp Magical Moments, a summer camp for children with cancer, and six years with Heartstone Children’s. Grievance Group.

Portrait of Emeka J. Nchekwube, MD
Dr. Emeka J. Nchekwube, Neurosurgeon, San Jose Regional Medical Center in San Jose, CA.

Emeka J. Nchekwube, MD
San Jose Regional Medical Center (San Jose, CA)

Emeka J. Nchekwube, MD, neurosurgeon at San Jose Regional Medical Center, has dedicated her life to providing quality, impactful care to the Bay Area’s most underserved communities for more than 40 years.

Described not only as a healer, but also as a comforter and compassionate neighbor.

Dr. Nchekwube is widely known for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

In addition to his medical expertise, he has successfully helped develop agricultural pest control systems to help combat food insecurity in developing countries.

Portrait of Jo Watson
Jo Watson, volunteer, TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tenn.

Jo Watson
TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center (Springfield, Tenn.)

Jo Watson set the record for volunteer hours with 41,000 over 27 years at TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee.

Now 93, she works two shifts a week at the information desk. She also worked in the hospital’s surgery waiting room as a family liaison.

Widely known as the “Pink Lady” because of the immense pride she takes in wearing her pink volunteer coat, Watson has had a positive impact on countless patients, families and colleagues.

Watson brings a calming presence to the hospital, often helping to put patients’ families at ease as she walks them to their destination.

HCA Healthcare Innovators Award Recipient

HCA Healthcare was created through the vision of the founders, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., Mr. Jack Massey and Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr. and today HCA Healthcare is a healthcare system of learning that uses its more than 35 million patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Established in 2010, the Innovators Award honors the organization’s legacy of innovation by recognizing creative thinkers who develop new ways to improve patient experience and care. The recipient of the Innovators Award receives a cash donation of $10,000 and a donation of $10,000 to the charity of their choice.

Portrait of Nathan Watkins
Nathan Watkins, director, software engineering, Corporate Information Technology Group (ITG) in Nashville, Tenn.

Nathan Watkins
Enterprise Information Technology Group (Nashville, Tenn.)

This year’s Innovators Award recipient is Nathan Watkins, director, software engineering at Corporate Information Technology Group (ITG) in Nashville, Tennessee. Since joining HCA Healthcare as an intern over six years ago, Watkins has continuously demonstrated a passion for innovation and collaboration in support of patient care. He is credited with designing, building and now supporting the Next-gen Analytics for Treatment and Efficiency (NATE) platform used daily by thousands of HCA Healthcare colleagues across the country.

Inspired by the needs of healthcare teams during the pandemic, variants of NATE, such as one that provides real-time analysis of medical documentation to better predict mortality, have become highly integrated into multiple service line workflows. , which improves efficiency and patient outcomes.

“Innovation is integral to achieving our mission at HCA Healthcare,” said Bill Rutherford, executive vice president and chief financial officer of HCA Healthcare. “Nathan has shown tremendous ingenuity in developing essential assistive tools that are now used to improve patient care across the company. »

HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients

HCA Healthcare’s knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are on the front lines of patient care, every day. The Excellence in Nursing Award was established in 2014 to recognize the intrinsic value of nursing practice in fulfilling HCA Healthcare’s goal of providing the highest quality care to the patients and communities we serve. . With categories for professional mentorship and compassionate care, recipients of the Excellence in Nursing Award each receive a cash gift of $10,000 and a donation of $10,000 to the charity of their choice.

This year’s Excellence in Nursing Award recipients are:

  • Sarah Nicole Romero, RN, BSN, CCRN, professional support nurse at Medical City Plano in Plano, Texas
  • Nadia Gueorguieva, RN, orthopedic nurse at London Bridge Hospital in London, England, part of HCA Healthcare UK

“I am incredibly proud of how our nurses continually go above and beyond to care for their patients and each other. This year’s Excellence in Nursing Award recipients are outstanding individuals who have excelled in providing compassionate care and leadership in their hospitals.

Sammie Mosier, DHA, MA, BSN, NE-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, HCA Healthcare

Portrait of Sarah Nicole Romero
Sarah Nicole Romero, professional support nurse at Medical City Plano in Plano, Texas

Sarah Nicole Romero, RN, BSN, CCRN
Plano Medical City (Plano, TX)

Sarah Nicole Romero, RN, BSN, CCRN, received the Excellence in Nursing Award in the Professional Mentoring category.

During the height of the pandemic, Romero led a number of impactful initiatives to promote communication and connection among fellow nurses, including the Nurse Connections platform and the Nurse Connection mentorship program.

These two initiatives have proven to be essential for the retention of new recruits and recent graduates.

Since initiating the mentorship program, Romero has accepted the role of Professional Development Support Nurse for Medical City Plano.

Nadia Gueorguieva helping a patient down the stairs
Nadia Gueorguieva (right), registered nurse at London Bridge Hospital, England

Nadia Georgyeva, nurse.
London Bridge Hospital (London, England)

Nadia Gueorguieva, RN, received the Excellence in Nursing Award in the Compassionate Care category.

With over 25 years of experience, she serves as a mentor to junior nursing teams, sharing her immense knowledge and experience to meet the needs of her patients and their families.

She does this while showing a spirit of positivity and strength.

In addition to receiving numerous DAISY awards, Gueorguieva was invited as a guest of honor at a special ceremony at Windsor Castle in recognition of her compassionate care.

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