TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Capital Regional Medical Center named Richard Thacker, DO, Nakesha Houston and Iradean Randolph as recipients of this year’s Frist Humanitarian Awards. Latomia Coogle, RN, BSN and Katherine Rose, RN were also recognized as recipients of the newly established HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards.

The Frist Awards were created in 1971 to honor Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., one of HCA’s founders. The purpose is to recognize individuals who give unselfishly to patients and the community. Qualities of a recipient include demonstrating a level of commitment to society, remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and a desire to make the world a better place.

The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award is a national recognition program designed to celebrate the extraordinary clinical and compassionate care delivered by nurses every day. They are divided into two categories; compassionate care and professional mentoring. Qualities of a recipient also include a level of invaluable contribution and commitment to the care and improvement of human life.

Dr. Richard Thacker practices internal medicine at Capital Regional Medical Group. He epitomizes what it means to uphold the highest standards of quality and commitment for his patients and community. In 2015, Dr. Thacker fulfilled a lifetime goal of participating in an international medical mission trip. He traveled with a team to Yamaranguila, Honduras and set up medical clinics in remote villages. By the end of their fourth day they helped over 720 patients overcome medical issues such as fungal and parasitic infections, chronic pain and respiratory conditions.

Nakesha Houston, a radiologic technician, is the first person people see when walking into the Comprehensive Breast Center at Capital Regional. She exemplifies good response and professional mannerism, always showing respect and dignity by delivering service and care unrestricted by concerns of personal attributes or the nature of illness.

Iradean Randolph has been a volunteer at Capital Regional since October of 2003. She always extends a warm welcome and friendly smile to patients and visitors. Iradean is known for her encouraging words and the way she listens with patience, genuine affection and concern.

Latomia Coogle, RN, BSN has worked at Capital Regional since July of 2001 and is recognized as one of the hospital’s strongest and most caring nurses because of the compassionate care that she provides. A patient recently said that she could see Latomia’s heart through her eyes when speaking with her, as her empathy and devotion is clearly visible in every interaction.

Katherine Rose, RN Katherine is an exceptional nurse who truly goes above and beyond for her patients. She is insistent on “paying it forward” and going the extra mile to help patients in any way she can. One example is how she recently cared for a homeless patient, giving them her jacket when she realized they did not have one.