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2010 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

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Stephanie Petta
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March 29, 2011

Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award to employee, Tami Spyker and volunteer, Brenda Parker.   Both recipients are admired and respected members of the Blake Medical Center family.  Nominations were sent from patients, colleagues and hospital staff.

Tami Spyker, Speech Therapy Supervisor, coordinates the Stroke Support Group at Blake Medical Center as well as trains volunteers for the Peer Visitor Program, a program where stroke survivors and their families visit with new stroke patients.  Tami is also a Neighborhood Watch Program Manager and works closely with the Bradenton Police Department.  In addition, Tamara provides safety training for women in the Bradenton area. She has been described by her peers as a joy to work with as she never ceases to amaze them with regard to her work ethic, productivity, gentleness, efficiency, friendliness toward all and her positive attitude.

Eight years ago, Brenda Parker became a volunteer at Blake Medical Center and has consistently and selflessly contributed her time, heart and resources to support the needs of our patients and their families.  She faithfully visits long-term Rehab patients with “Mr. Miagi”, her certified therapy dog, who is a tremendous help in bringing spark and cheer to arouse laughter in our patients, their family members, doctors and nurses. She also visits a number of nursing homes in our community with Mr. Miagi in hopes to improve people’s moods with their excitement and enthusiasm. Brenda has been an outstanding asset to our hospital and town, tirelessly donating a vast amount of her time & energy for the greater benefit of our facility and community.

“HCA is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Tami Spyker and Brenda Parker for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Dan Friedrich, President and CEO. “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.

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