Lake City, FL Lake City Medical Center recently presented the Local HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction to recipients at a ceremony in the facility. The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Innovators Award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award. These annual awards celebrate employees, physicians and volunteers who exemplify the company’s culture and values.

Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Frist Humanitarian Award, named in honor of one of HCA Healthcare’s co-founders, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), was created in 1971. The award honors individuals within HCA Healthcare who demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that goes beyond everyday acts of kindness, and who inspire colleagues with their compassion and dedication. Recipients of this award are those employees, volunteers and physicians who epitomize the humanitarian principles established by our company founders.  

The Frist Humanitarian Award includes a monetary award for the employee and volunteer winner, while the physician honoree receives a donation to the charity of his or her choice. Recipients of the 2018 annual Frist Humanitarian Award are: Eric Ordinario, DO, Urologist in Lake City, Florida; Michelle Cruz, BSN, MHA, CCM, Director of Director of Case Management; and Thelma Johnson, a volunteer at Lake City Medical Center.

Eric Ordinario, DO, Urologist in Lake City Florida, Dr. Eric Ordinario is the Physician Award Winner for the 2017 Frist Humanitarian Award.  Dr. Ordinario has been serving patients at Lake City Medical Center for over 19 years, and he spends a great deal of time with Physicians and staff to ensure his patients are safe and appropriately treated by involving all teams with the hospital and the family.  Despite the many demands on his time, Dr. Ordinario is very involved in our community.  He provides free physicals for the children of Epiphany Catholic School in Lake City and travels to Gainesville to assist with providing physicals at St. Francis Catholic Academy.  He can been seen ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, assisting with the collection of soaps for inmates or at the July 4th barbecue to honor our Veterans at the VA Domiciliary.  Dr. Ordinario has also helped in the donation of ultrasound machines to the Pregnancy Crisis Center. 

Michelle Cruz, BSN, MHA, CCM, Director of Director of Case Management; Michelle is involved in numerous charity and non-for-profit programs.  Michelle, as a single mother, still finds time to give back to others no matter what, and this is how:

United Way of Suwannee Valley – Michelle has served on the executive board as Secretary for several terms, worked as the Campaign Chair for Lake City Medical Center and serving as the Loan Executive. Michelle also has served on the Planning Committee since 2016 - 2 years and continues to serve.  This committee searches for unmet needs in the community and helps United Way determine needs, tackle grants such as the food bank, our homeless coalition, and right now there are several projects with all the health departments (providing children's dental kits, Infant CPR and Adult CPR, Baby Boxes and education on a babies safe sleep, to name a few.)

Thelma Johnson, a volunteer at Lake City Medical Center began volunteering at LCMC in 2012, and through the end of 2017 she had acquired 350 hours in selfless service to others at the facility.  Patients, visitors, and staff consistently comment on Thelma’s helpful and caring manner.  Her loyalty to Lake City Medical Center is constantly on show in her day-to-day action.  In addition to assisting or guiding patients, their families, and our own staff members, Thelma has given her time to enhance patient experience through craft and participation of time.

HCA Innovators Award Recipient at Lake City Medical Center

HCA Healthcare was created through the vision of founders Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., Mr. Jack Massey and Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr., and 50 years later, HCA is a learning healthcare system that continues to invent and develop systems to improve patient care, in large part due to the innovative ideas of employees. The HCA Innovators Award, established in 2010, continues the tradition of recognizing innovative thinkers whose ideas improve patient quality, service or the efficiency of operations.

The recipient of this year’s HCA Innovators Award at LCMC is: Marsee Shaffer, RN, a nurse on the 3rd Floor ICU unit. .  Marsee’s submission was in the Quality and Safety category with an initiative focused on efficiency and performance improvement.  Her innovation or idea, was to make SCD pumps more easily accessible.As a nurse, she believed it would be more beneficial to have SCD pumps built into every hospital bed.  This would save the staff from spending hours relocating and reallocating pumps, and it could be done right away instead of postponing placement due to the inefficiency  of searching for a pump. 

It’s ideas like this, thinking outside of the box, the continues to make us great.  Taking the initiative to make our work environment more proficient is a true embodiment of our mission, ‘Above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.’

HCA Excellence in Nursing Award Recipient

Lake City Medical Center’s knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are on the front line of patient care, every day. The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, created in 2014, 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 recipient of this year’s HCA Excellence in Nursing Award for Lake City is Casey Brett, RN of the Lake City Medical Center Emergency Department. Casey began her career in healthcare in the field as an EMS/Paramedic and worked her way through nursing school.  Casey knew that Lake City Medical Center was the right place for her as it matched her heart in the care of patients.  Casey has now worked with LCMC for the past 5 years and most recently as a Registered Nurse for the last 2 years. 

She is recognized to go above and beyond in the care of patients as evidenced by the numerous testimonies received for her nomination. 

“We are fortunate to have so many dedicated nurses working every day to improve the lives of our patients,” CEO, Rick Naegler said. “Casey, the recipient of this award is an inspiring individual who set the standard for the way we should treat each patient, and each other. She embodies our mission that above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life!”