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Blake Medical Center Announces their 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

Marketing & Public Relations Contact:
Melissa Morgan
(941) 798-6056

March 13, 2012

Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award to employee, Erica Johnson and volunteer, Leroy Williams.  Both recipients are admired and respected members of the Blake Medical Center family.  Nominations were sent from patients, colleagues and hospital staff.

Erica Johnson, Human Resources Assistant, has been with Blake Medical Center since 2010. Erica supports the quality of patient care by going above and beyond in customer service to our employees and everyone she comes into contact with.  Erica is active in the community volunteering her time supporting American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer, American Heart Association as well as donating time to the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

Leroy Williams has been with Blake Medical Center since 2008 and has volunteered in various departments including Open Heart Surgery, General Recovery and Patient Transportation.  In addition, Leroy was instrumental in developing the Volunteer Orientation Handbook.  Leroy is active in the community volunteering his time working for Habitat for Humanity, Our Daily Bread, and Meals on Wheels for fourteen years.

Blake Medical Center is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Erica Johnson and Leroy Williams for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Daniel Friedrich, president and chief executive officer. “Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals. We’re proud to have them as part of our Blake family. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns they demonstrate each day.”

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company’s Nashville, Tenn., headquarters.