Friday, April 10, 2015

EIRMC announces Frist award nominees

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center announced Thursday this year’s nominees for the Frist Humanitarian Awards, given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of Hospital Corporation of America, EIRMC’s parent company.

For years, each HCA hospital nominates an employee, physician and volunteer. New this year is the Excellence in Nursing Award.

The EIRMC nominees are:

Tim Schwartz, employee, physical therapy

Schwartz has been with EIRMC for more than 14 years. On the job, colleagues in Wound Care say he always has a smile and a kind-hearted way of putting patients at ease.  He’s a Boy Scout leader, volunteer ski patroller, a supporter of Idaho Falls Lacrosse, and even volunteers at football games to move the chains on the fields. Tim also works with youth in his church. Tim was nominated by his colleagues in Wound Care. As a Frist Award nominee, EIRMC will make a donation in Tim’s name to his charity of choice, Livestrong.

Dr. John Miller, physician

Miller is a critical care medicine physician who works in EIRMC’s Intensive Care Unit. He has a reputation as a great supporter of nursing and has been very generous with the local chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, sometimes teaching at educational events for the organization. His nomination said, “He is a true humanitarian and puts needs of others above his own consistently. He is an exceptional physician. He is kind and compassionate and generous. He is a great human being who truly loves his fellow man.”

As a Frist Award nominee, EIRMC will make a donation in Miller’s name to his charity of choice, Hospice of Eastern Idaho.

Judy Osborne, volunteer

During her five years at EIRMC, Osborne has volunteered more than 1,500 hours. She works at the information desk and in the surgical waiting room seeking out ways to make a difference and provides comfort without being asked. Marchelle Jensen, manager of volunteer services, called Osborne “an inspiration and a remarkable person who is loved by patients, families, employees, and her fellow volunteers.”

As a Frist Award nominee, EIRMC will make a donation in Osborne’s name to Habitat for Humanity.

Cindie Larsen, R.N., Excellence in Nursing Award Winner

Larsen is a nurse on the fifth floor. One of her nominators said this about her: “She is so positive with her interactions; she brings everyone together in a common friendship.” She also gives dancing lessons to cancer patients, a reflection of her steadfast compassion and commitment to patients. As a Frist Award nominee, EIRMC will make a donation to the American Cancer Society.