March 28, 2013
Blacksburg, Virginia, March 2013 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery recently presented its prestigious 2012 Frist Humanitarian Awards to a physician, a nurse, and a volunteer for their selfless acts of service and compassion to the hospital and the community. This is the highest honor a physician, volunteer, or an employee can receive at an HCA facility, the parent company for LewisGale Regional Health System.
The winners included Jennifer Poole, R.N.C., B.S.N. 2012 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award; Pierce Felch, 2012 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, and Dr. Gregory Beato, 2012 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award.
The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given out 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, the recipients were recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Pierce Felch started volunteering at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in 2006 and has logged nearly 2,300 hours. He was nominated by a fellow volunteer who described him as the perfect gentleman, always willing to help another volunteer, a patient or family member.
For more than 14 years, Jennifer Poole has shown her commitment to professionalism and high-quality patient care in her role as a nurse at the Birthing Center. Her selfless devotion to her patients and the community has even inspired her coworkers to do more to give back. Jennifer donates countless hours to several organizations including the Montgomery County Christmas Store, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the March of Dimes.
Dr. Beato has cared for patients in the New River Valley since 2009. He was nominated by two patients for providing compassionate care. The patients commented on how Dr. Beato always spent extra time explaining their care plan and attending to their medical needs. One of them went on to praise him for having the best bedside manner at time when the patient was dealing with a diagnosis of cancer.
“The amount of compassion and kindness these winners have shown, not only to their patients and family members but also throughout the community, is what shows their high level of professionalism and dedication to medicine,” said Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.