Tallahassee, FL – Capital Regional Medical Center recently announced the recipients of the facility 2013 Frist Humanitarian Awards. The Frist Humanitarian Award is the highest honor an employee, volunteer, and physician can receive at HCA, the parent company of Capital Regional Medical Center. The award was created to recognize one employee, one volunteer and one physician 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.

We are pleased to announce Carolyn Fiero as the CRMC 2013 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient. Carolyn has worked for Capital Regional for 25 years and currently serves as the facility's Financial Counselor. She is provides invaluable support to both patients and team members each and every day. She is dedicated to Capital Regional, her team, and the patients she works with. In addition, Carolyn spends hours outside of the four walls of the hospital serving the Tallahassee community. She proudly supports the Relay for Life campaign year after year; and also is a fierce fundraiser for other worthy causes. Carolyn always exhibits a can-do spirit and gives 100% to everything she does. She is a loyal and compassionate team member, who truly makes a difference in the lives of others.

The CRMC 2013 Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient is Cheryl Wright-Smith. Cheryl has enthusiastically served in her volunteer role for almost five years, logging nearly 1,200 hours of time helping patients and supporting the hospital's activities. Equally as impressive is the fact that she has given all of these hours while working full time in another capacity at Publix. Cheryl's volunteer efforts are spread amongst other community organizations as well, and her contributions truly make a difference, not only at Capital Regional, but in our community. She lights up a room with her smile and is dedicated to making the world a better place.

Dr. Maria Antigua was selected as the CRMC 2013 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient. Dr. Antigua serves as a Neonatologist and CRMC is privileged to have such a dedicated and compassionate physician as part of Team CRMC. While Dr. Antigua's medical credentials and accomplishments are certainly noteworthy, her ability to carry on the Frist tradition of caring through her humanitarian efforts is even more worthy of sharing. Last year, Dr. Antigua's desire to improve the human life and the human spirit stretched across the globe as she traveled to her native country, the Philippines. In 2013, the Philippines sustained earthquakes, cyclones and even a military crisis. True to her desire to make the world a better place, Dr. Antigua organized efforts to help the Filipino people during some of the deadliest disasters the country has ever been through. Her kind spirit and countless service experiences exemplify the qualities and characteristics of a true humanitarian.

“HCA is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Carolyn, Cheryl and Dr. Antigua for their humanitarian efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Brian Cook, hospital CEO. “Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals. We’re proud to have them as part of our Capital Regional family. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns each of them demonstrate each day.”

Capital Regional Medical Center is very proud to present these awards. Carolyn, Cheryl and Dr. Antigua are an inspiration to all CRMC team members, volunteers and physicians. Their generosity and dedication serve as a living example of HCA's commitment to the care and improvement of human life.