Blacksburg, VA, March, 2015 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery recently honored an employee, volunteer and a physician with its prestigious 2014 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 Rhonda Whaling, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award; Calvin Brown, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, and Dr. Brandon Langlinais, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award.

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, Whaling, Brown and Langlinais were recognized individually for their significant efforts.

Rhonda Whaling has been an employee with LewisGale for more than 22 years and today is the Manager of Volunteers and Students at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery where she selects, trains and supervises more than 200 people. Known for her passion, commitment, creativity and effectiveness in event planning and fundraising for both the hospital and in the community, she has for years been instrumental in planning and organizing numerous charitable events, including Relay for Life and the annual United Way campaign.

Calvin Brown is the lead volunteer for LewisGale Hospital Montgomery’s Emergency Department and also works on the volunteer desk several days a week. He is passionate about patient satisfaction and helping others, and has been instrumental in training volunteers to help assist patients. His volunteer activities also extend outside the Hospital to the community where he has been instrumental in starting and supporting several volunteer programs.

Dr. Brandon Langlinais is a radiologist at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and he is always ready and willing to volunteer for special events to benefit the community and charities, as well as to help his fellow radiologists. He is “always there whenever he is needed,” and often described as bringing fun and amusement to the challenges of fundraising and increasing awareness about health concerns, including dressing as a giant heart and in a pink suit for the Pink Glove Dance.

“Through their selfless actions, these honorees demonstrate their compassion and commitment toward helping others – both in our Hospital and throughout the community,” said Alan Fabian, F.A.C.H.E., CEO of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “They are an inspiration for our patients, and for their co-workers. We are both fortunate and proud to have them helping us fulfill our commitment to delivering high-quality patient care every day.”

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