Five honored with HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction at LewisGale Pulaski Hospital

Sean Pressman, CEO, Theda Gilmore, Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award Recipient, and Jana Beckner, Volunteer Coordinator
Bob Suddarth, Assistant Administrator (left) and Sean Pressman, Chief Executive Officer (right) congratulate Norma Anderson, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski’s 2019 Frist Employee Humanitarian recipient.

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction. The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Innovators Award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award. These annual awards celebrate the hospital’s colleagues, physicians and volunteers who exemplify HCA Healthcare’s culture and values.

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

Norma Anderson, Employee Frist Humanitarian Award

Theda Gilmore, Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award

Dr. Joe Cacioppo, Physician Frist Humanitarian Award

Renee Binns, HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, Mentoring Nurse

Wendy Hay, HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, Compassionate Nurse

“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 Norma, Theda, Dr. Cacioppo, Renee, and Wendy 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.”

Norma Anderson began employment in 1984 as a Food and Nutrition Aide and currently serves as the facility’s Director of Imaging and Respiratory Therapy Services. Theda Gilmore began volunteering at the hospital in 2014 and is known for the beautiful blankets, throws, and pet mats that she makes and donates to various organizations throughout the region. Dr. Joe Cacioppo, an Emergency Department Physician, is honored for providing healthcare to medically underserved areas. Renee Binns has been employed by the hospital for 19 years. She is an ICU Clinical Team Lead and serves as a clinical coach for employees and students. Wendy Hay has worked for LewisGale Hospital Pulaski for six years and serves in various capacities including Case Manager, Oncology Navigator, and Palliative Care Lead.

These caring and talented individuals will advance to 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, Tennessee.

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 Healthcare 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. The HCA Innovators Award, established in 2010, continues the tradition of recognizing innovative thinkers with ideas that improve patient quality, service or the financial impact of operations.

Sean Pressman, CEO; Renee Binns, HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, Mentoring Nurse Wendy Hay, HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, Compassionate Nurse; and Christine Ludwig, CNO (HCA Photos)