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HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced the recipients of the 2003 Frist Humanitarian Awards. Employee of the Year, Nelly D. Cabuslay, RN, Nursing Supervisor at San Jose Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. and Volunteer of the Year, John O. Blair, Volunteer Auxiliary President for Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Okla. were honored today during a ceremony in Nashville.
Created in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given each year in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. Employees and volunteers who demonstrate commitment and dedication to care giving and humanitarianism are selected around the country and honorees are recognized at the local level. The two national recipients are selected from the local honorees.
The highest honor HCA employees and volunteers can receive, the Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient's choice, $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in HCA stock.
Nelly, San Jose Medical Center's most senior Nursing Supervisor, has been with the hospital for more than 30 years. As counselor to the RN Recruitment and Retention Committee, she has provided invaluable guidance regarding the cultural integration of a diverse workforce. Every year since 1992, Nelly has served as volunteer Nurse Coordinator of Medical-Surgical Missions to remote villages in the Philippines, bringing much-needed healthcare to more than 52,000 people living in poverty. She has also helped establish a scholarship program for under-privileged high school students in the Philippines.
In San Jose, Nelly spearheaded a program to provide mentorship and scholarships to students of Filipino descent and has been an integral part of programs providing mentorship, educational workshops and orientation to newly arrived nurses in the United States. In addition, Nelly and her family established the Limos-Danao Foundation, in honor of her parents, to fund an annual university scholarship.
"Nelly's lifelong dedication to providing outreach and education to those in need makes her an excellent example of the humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded," said Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCA. "Through her selfless personal contributions to thousands who are less fortunate, Nelly exemplifies our mission of the care and improvement of human lives both within her community and abroad."
John, a retired Army Command Sergeant Major, first came to Southwestern Medical Center not as a volunteer, but as a patient, when he began a long battle with several neurological disorders. In spite of his health, sixty- eight year old John arrives at 5 a.m. to deliver newspapers and a kind word to patients before beginning work as a Patient Escort in the Admitting Department. John has worked with the hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary to reach out to children in need throughout Lawton. With his leadership as President for the past two years, volunteers formed a close bond with the Marie Detty Center for children who are no longer able to live with their parents. John also worked with Southwestern Medical's adopted school to enhance their Accelerated Math Program, helping the school's under-privileged students learn valuable math skills.
John's contributions to the community extend beyond his work through Southwestern. Each year, he organizes the annual appreciation dinner for the area's law enforcement officers. He also coordinates the preparation and distribution of a free monthly meal and weekly snack program for needy families and volunteers. In addition, John transports children to visit their mothers who are incarcerated at a prison several hours away. Within his own neighborhood, John has created a Crime Prevention Program. The Boy Scouts of America and United Methodist Church recently awarded him a God and Country award for the years of dedication and leadership he has given to the local Boy Scout chapter.
"John's compassion and commitment to volunteerism, at Southwestern Medical Center and throughout the community, are an inspiration to all of us at HCA," said Bovender. "It is a privilege to honor him for his extraordinary devotion and concern for the welfare of others."
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