2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Nominees announced at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Frank Cirisano, MD

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has announced its nominees for the annual HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards. Established in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. In recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA, The Frist Humanitarian Awards carry on his legacy by honoring those who follow the same life mission. Physicians, employees and volunteers who demonstrate commitment and dedication to humanitarianism through their chosen field of healthcare are nominated by hospitals around the country. Honorees are recognized at the local level. Winners are chosen and announced at the national level in May.

“At its core, healthcare is a selfless profession in which we put the benefit and wellbeing of our community at the forefront,” said Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “We are so proud of the dedicated and committed care that our team provides on a daily basis. The 2011 Frist nominees are extraordinary individuals that have gone above and beyond in their compassionate concern and actions for their fellow man.

Representing Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in this year’s HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards are:
Physician Nominee Frank Cirisano, MD
Employee Nominee Patricia Stover
Volunteer Nominee Myrna Dichter

In 2008, Physician Nominee Frank Cirisano, MD launched Women’s Cancer Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to educating women about the risks, prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancer through community, national and international educational outreach programs in order to improve the cure rates for patients. His passion for philanthropy began during his college years at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons where he received a grant from the school to participate in a medical outreach program to Madras, Southern India, but it is through his foundation that Dr. Cirisano shines, providing gynecologic aide to impoverished areas throughout the globe including Cambodia and the Philippines. He has served as an active and dedicated member of the Medical Staff of Aventura Hospital since 2004.

Director of Risk Management Patricia Stover is dedicated not only to the environment of care at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center but also the environment in her community, which is why she is the Employee Nominee for the 2011 Frist Humanitarian Award. Known as Patty to her peers, she is often described as a compassionate and caring team member with a positive philosophy for life. She constantly lends a helping hand and a caring ear to staff and patients alike, attributing her ‘open arms policy’ to her thirty eight-year career as an empathetic nurse. As a volunteer at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Coconut Creek for over ten years, Patty had devoted hundreds of hours to its women’s Bible study, holiday programs and health awareness events. In November 2010, she traveled to Lebanon and Syria on a mission trip in partnership with the Outreach Foundation.

Volunteer Nominee Myrna Dichter has been a valued member of Volunteer Services at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center since 2004, contributing more than 1,400 hours of service to the hospital. For eight years, Myrna has focused her positive energy towards the Patient Comfort Program, a program in which volunteers visit with patients to provide comfort and company in the hopes of bettering the patient’s experience. She begins each day by greeting patients with a warm smile and a willingness to go out of her way to make their experience better and brighter. For her efforts, she was named the 2011 First Quarter Volunteer of the Year.

In the words of Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., “There is so much good to do in the world and so many different ways to do it.” Each nominee from Aventura Hospital and Medical Center represents the mission of this powerful quote through their unwavering dedication to the community. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and its team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers proudly congratulate Dr. Frank Cirisano, Patty Stover and Myrna Dichter on their nominations for the HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards.

For more information, call 305-682-7000 or visit AventuraHospital.com

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