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LewisGale Medical Center Names Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

March 21, 2013

LewisGale Medical Center Names Frist Humanitarian Award Winners

Salem, VA, March, 2013 – LewisGale Medical Center provides patients with the highest levels of quality, compassionate care because of the dedicated and experienced medical professionals, employees and volunteers at the hospital.  Recently, LewisGale recognized three of them with the 2012 Frist Humanitarian Awards – the highest honor one can receive at an HCA facility, the parent company for LewisGale Regional Health System.

The hospital presented Dr. Lucien Brailsford with the 2012 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, Dr. Robert Williams with the 2012 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award, and Becky Asher with the 2012 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award.  

“Our nominees’ compassion and energy, and the depth of their commitment, are inspiring,” said Victor E. Giovanetti, F.A.C.H.E., President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “It gives me great pleasure to nominate each of these award winners for the National HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards.”

The Frist Humanitarian Awards are named 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 an opportunity to win the national Frist Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Brailsford dedicated his life to caring for others as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Upon his retirement in 2007, that dedication didn’t stop, rather it grew even stronger. For more than five years now, Dr. Brailsford has continued to give back to LewisGale Medical Center and to his community by serving as a volunteer at the hospital, as well as at other organizations in the Roanoke Valley, including the Rescue Mission’s medical clinic. The seminary also figures largely in Dr. Brailsford’s volunteer activities.

Both inside and outside the hospital, Dr. Williams is a tireless warrior in the fight against cancer, raising the term “patient advocate” to a new level. For more than 20 years, he’s treated LewisGale’s patients as his family, and at the same time, treated the patient, not just their disease. Dr. Williams’ commitment to improving other’s lives and health extends far beyond the hospital. In addition to the LewisGale committees on which he serves, Dr. Williams is a community leader. His efforts have been recognized locally and regionally by numerous publications and with countless commendations and citations.

For more than a decade, Becky Asher has served LewisGale Medical Center and her community, always putting others’ needs first and earning her peers’ respect as a hard worker, mentor and friend. As the Department Manager of the Pharmacy, she makes a lasting and important impact on countless patients’ lives and their outcomes. She’s served as team captain and co-chair for the Roanoke Chapter of Relay for Life, volunteered with the Bradley Free Clinic, and helped raise funds for brain cancer research by participating in the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., three years in a row. At the same time, she is one of the founding members of the Parrotheads of the Blue Ridge, Inc., – an organization through which she has helped many local charities by raising more than $30,000 last year alone.

“At LewisGale Medical Center and in their communities, these three award winners continue to make the world a better place, and we commend them both for their efforts and for their results,” Victor Giovanetti added.

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