Blake Medical Center March 03, 2015

BRADENTON, FL – Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award to employee, Susan Fabre and volunteer, Michael Azar.   Both recipients are admired and respected members of the Blake Medical Center family.  Nominations were sent from patients, colleagues and hospital staff.

Susan Fabre started her journey as a Registered Nurse with Blake Medical Center in 1989 working in the Emergency Department. In 2011 she was promoted to Clinical Manager of the department and in 2014, she celebrated 25 years with the hospital. Susan consistently goes above and beyond for her patients and co-workers. She is described as incredibly selfless and devoted to caring for others.

Michael Azar became a volunteer in 2001 and in 2014 alone he volunteered 1,300 hours! Michael volunteers in Pharmacy, Food and Nutrition, and as a golf cart driver, helping patients and visitors when they arrive at the hospital. In addition to his official duties, Michael has taken it upon himself to watch out for the teen volunteers who work in the evenings and on weekends. It is said of Michael that his attitude always puts a smile on your face.

Blake Medical Center is committed to delivering exceptional care to every patient, every time. “We are extremely proud to recognize Susan Fabre and Michael Azar 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.