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LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Announces Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

March 19, 2014

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Announces Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

Blacksburg, VA, March, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery recently honored an employee, volunteer and a physician with its prestigious 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award – the highest honor a person can receive at an HCA facility, the parent company of LewisGale Regional Health System.

At a special recognition ceremony held recently, the Hospital presented the awards to Deidra Atwood, 2013 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award; Doris Smith, 2013 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, and Dr. Harry McCoy, 2013 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award.

Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

Created in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Awards are awarded annually at HCA-affiliated hospitals to an employee, volunteer, and physician who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their communities. The winners from each hospital also have a chance to win the national Frist Humanitarian Award.

At the awards ceremony, Atwood, Smith, and McCoy were recognized individually for their significant efforts.

Dr. Harry McCoy is a Medical Oncologist with Blue Ridge Cancer Care. Here is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative care. 

“He cares for every patient as if it were his first,” said Beth Sohrabi, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, Case Management Director.  “He advocates for those that need him. He expects nothing short of excellence for his patients.”

Deidra Atwood has been an employee with LewisGale Hospital Montgomery for five years. She is the founding member and leader of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery’s nurse-led Palliative Care team. Atwood is also active in her community most recently raising more than $2,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.

For more than six years, Doris Smith has been a volunteer at the hospital. She also volunteers with her church Slusser’s Chapel, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and RSVP-Senior Volunteers.

“LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is committed to delivering high-quality patient care,” said Alan Fabian, CEO. “We are extremely proud to recognize the honorees for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. Their exemplary work and compassion set a high standard for healthcare professionals. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian efforts they demonstrate each day.”

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