Joy Sutton, Marketing Communications Mgr.
LewisGale Regional Health System
(540) 776-4739 or (540) 529-3137

Nancy May, VP Marketing & PR
LewisGale Regional Health System
(540) 776-4754 or (540) 537-3475

Salem, VA, April, 2014 – LewisGale Medical Center 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 Shaye Hicks, 2013 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award; Shirley Boon, 2013 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, and Dr. Brian Van der Linden 2013 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award.

“We are honored to have these individuals as a part of the LewisGale family,” said Jon Bartlett, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “Their commitment to excellence is an example to us all and a reflection of LewisGale’s core values.”

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 Boon, Hicks, and Van der Linden were recognized individually for their significant efforts, as were the other nominees.

For more than 10 years Shirley Boon has been a volunteer in the infusion center. As a cancer survivor, she understands the fears and is always there to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. She also enjoys volunteering at the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, and even provides soup for the seniors at the League of Older Americans.

Shake Hicks has been a part of the LewisGale family for more than 26 years. She started her career in IT but soon found her passion in Behavioral Health, where she currently serves as an Administrative Assistant. She is an employee known for quietly going the extra mile with no desire or expectation of recognition. Shaye has this same dedication to the community. At her church, she serves as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Worker, and as a Mission Volunteer. She also sends care packages and cards to support soldiers serving overseas and donates food and money to support local charities. In addition, every year she works tirelessly to support and to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Walk for Mental Health to support the work of Mental Health America Roanoke Valley, and the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis.

Dr. Brian Van der Linden is a board-certified gastroenterologist with LewisGale Physicians. He is described by patients and colleagues as a humble man who consistently demonstrates commitment to not only his chosen field of medicine but also the larger community and his family. Dr. Van der Linden has a strong belief in fostering education and supporting healthcare in various community settings. He has served on the Board of Director of several community organizations including Project Access, Century Council, and Bradley Free Clinic. He also supports fundraising efforts for a variety of causes including Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Shamrock hill and the Jingle Bell Run.

About LewisGale Medical Center
LewisGale Medical Center is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System which 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