The Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities.

Pulaski, VA – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction, the highest honors bestowed upon employees, physicians and volunteers at the facility.

HCA Healthcare is the parent company of LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.

LGH Pulaski’s recipients of the HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction are:

Frist Humanitarian Award

Rena McPeak and Ron Underwood are recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award

  • Rena McPeak, Director of Patient Access: 2017 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award
  • Ron Underwood, Hospital Volunteer: 2017 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award

Humanitarian Physician Award

Ben Davidson

  • Ben Davidson, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services, 2017 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award

Excellence in Nursing

Debora Vaughn and Micelle Quesenberry are recipients of the Excellence in Nursing Award

  • Michelle Quesenberry, RN, Director, Medical Surgical Unit: 2017 HCA Excellence in Nursing, Professional Mentoring Award
  • Debora Vaughn, RN, Charge Nurse of the Medical Surgical Unit: 2017 HCA Excellence in Nursing, Compassionate Care Award.

“We are driven by a single mission: the care and improvement of human life. This mission drives our dedication to delivering exceptional, patient-focused care and our commitment to recognizing the people who help us do this every day,” said Sean Pressman, CEO. “We are pleased to honor these individuals with the HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction for their efforts in serving our patients and our community. Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals all over the nation."

These caring and talented individuals now will be considered for HCA’s division-level awards. The division-level winners are entered into the judging for the national-level awards, which are presented during a special ceremony at the HCA Healthcare headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

About the HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction

Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes one employee, one physician and one volunteer from each HCA Healthcare facility.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are at the front line of patient care every day. The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award was created in 2014 to recognize the intrinsic value of the nursing practice in accomplishing our mission of providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. The award recognizes HCA nurses who excel in the categories of compassionate care and professional mentoring. 

HCA was created through the vision of founders, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., Jack Massey and Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr., and 50 years later, the company continues to invent and develop systems to advance health and patient care, in large part due to ideas from employees.