Capital Regional Medical Center named Rodolfo Oviedo, MD, Penny May and Daniel Sowell as recipients of this year’s Frist Humanitarian Awards. Hospital Corporation of America annually recognizes a physician, employee and volunteer at each of its facilities for their humanitarian and volunteer activities.

The 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.

Dr. Oviedo, a general surgeon at Capital Regional, has a passion for educating others. This is evident in his participation in radio talks and medical symposiums for Hispanics, as well as his volunteer work with low income children and medical students. Oviedo is also a talented musician who enjoys utilizing his abilities to entertain and help people.

Penny May, the hospital’s cancer registry coordinator, joined the Capital Regional family over 20 years ago. Since then, her roles have changed, but her infectious smile has remained constant. May can often be found participating in and organizing events like Relay for Life and the Pinktastic Dessert Contest, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Daniel “Dan” Sowell has volunteered 15 years and over 1,500 hours at Capital Regional. When he’s not providing spiritual support to patients and staff, Sowell serves as senior pastor to East Hill Baptist Church. He has completed mission work in Africa, Honduras and also within Tallahassee’s homeless community.