Blacksburg, VA, May, 2014 — For the first time in LewisGale history a local physician has received HCA’s Frist Humanitarian Award. Dr. Harry McCoy was chosen as the national winner for the parent company of LewisGale Regional Health System, after being selected in February as the recipient for LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. The hospital held a special ceremony on May 6 in his honor.
“For more than 20 years Dr. McCoy has served our hospital and patients with a level of care that can only be described as exceptional,” said Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “Dr. McCoy is truly a ‘special soul’ because of the compassionate care he provides and his self-less acts of service to our community.”
In the 1990’s, Dr. McCoy was the first to bring Hematology/Oncology services to the New River Valley and has continued to dedicated his life to the care of cancer patients as a Medical Oncologist with Blue Ridge Cancer Care. He is board certified in oncology, hematology, internal medicine, hospice and palliative care. Beyond his own practice, Dr. McCoy is heavily involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He has also served as a hospice director for many years, and through his work with the Palliative Care Partnership of the New River Valley, he helps educate healthcare professionals and the community about end-of-life care. Dr. McCoy is also a founding member and the driving force behind the Sojourn Center, a community based, not-for-profit hospice house that’s currently in the planning stages. The President of that board praised him on both a professional and personal level in her nomination letter.
“Dr. McCoy literally held my parents’ confidence and comfort in his hands as he would continuously have a rubbing, reassuring hand on their backs or knees as he delivered difficult but quality end-of-life care, “ wrote Anne Judkins Campbell, RN, Med, MSN, CWHNP, in the letter. “As a daughter, I will never be able to repay him for both his medical wisdom and, more importantly, the humble human kindness he offered these old but proud community members.”
Dr. McCoy was chosen out of more than 200 other hospital nominees for the Frist Humanitarian Award – the highest honor a physician can receive from HCA. Established in 1971, the prestigious award recognizes outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities in honor of the late Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., a founder of HCA. As a national winner, Dr. McCoy will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice. He has chosen the Sojourn Center.
“We are honored to have Dr. McCoy as part of the LewisGale family and extremely proud of his achievements,” said Jon Bartlett, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “We value our partnership with Dr. McCoy and Blue Ridge Cancer Care. Together we are taking healthcare to a new level in Southwest Virginia and beyond.”
Edward Spencer, VT Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs; Dr. Harry McCoy; Anne Judkins Campbell, RN, Med, MSN, CWHNP President, Board of Directors, Sojourn Center; Alan Fabian, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery CEO
Richard Bracken HCA Chairman; Alan Fabian, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery CEO; Dr. Harry McCoy; Milton Johnson, HCA President and CEO
About LewisGale Regional Health System
LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.