Parkridge Health System, comprised of Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkridge West Hospital, Parkridge Valley Adult and Senior Campus and Parkridge Valley Child and Adolescent Campus, announced its 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients during a ceremony May 5 at the Tennessee Aquarium.
“Parkridge Health System recognizes each of our award recipients for their personal commitment to providing the highest standard of care to our patients and for their contributions to their communities and those who need a helping hand,” said Darrell Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkridge Health System.
Parkridge Health System 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients
Mary Anna Sanders, MD
Dr. Sanders was instrumental in helping her parents found Shepherd’s Arms Rescue Mission in 1995. She serves as youth leader for at-risk youth as well as the music leader for the homeless women and children mission. She serves on the mission board of directors and leads Bible study each Saturday. She recently traveled to Nepal where she climbed to a remote village in the Himalayas to set up a women’s clinic and share her faith. While there, she trained volunteers to assist with difficult deliveries and treated women involved in sex trafficking in Kathmandu.
Robert Magill, MD
Dr. Magill is a board member of Volunteers in Medicine, an organization dedicated to building a network of sustainable free primary health care clinics for the uninsured in the area. Last year he participated in a medical mission trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he treated over 450 patients in clinic. He donates his time and expertise for a variety of causes including Medicine Explorers where he served as an advisor for high school students interested in pursuing medical careers.
Parkridge Health System Volunteer
Rob’s relationship with Parkridge began when he was a patient at Parkridge Medical Center. He was so impressed by the compassion and care he received that he decided he wanted to become a part of the Parkridge story and volunteers hours of his time each week at both Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital. He is known for his positive personality and willingness to go above and beyond in providing assistance to anyone in need.
Parkridge Health System Volunteer
Reba is always looking for ways to ensure that a patient or visitor to the hospital has a positive experience. Whether by providing directions, filling and tidying up refreshment stations or handing out that perfect magazine to meet the visitor’s interests, she is a true asset to the organization.
Brianna Hartin, RN
Parkridge Medical Center Nurse
Brianna is a volunteer with Bridge Refugee Services and organization that helps refugees with jobs, housing and medical needs. She also volunteers with Westside Low Income Housing devoting her time playing with the children who always enjoy seeing her. She provides respite care for the family of a Downs Syndrome child one day each week. She raises money annually to send children to camp, last year collecting $22,000. For many years, Brianna and her family have devoted their time and resources building home in Nicaragua.
Michelle Gulley, RN, BSN
Parkridge East Hospital Case Management Manager
As chairperson of her local Lion’s Club, for years Michelle has put in countless hours coordinating Christmas family benefits. She raises money through donations, grants, and family “adoptions”. She’s not finished there, and she also coordinates the shopping activities and distribution of gifts and food boxes. The club serves over 200 families every year, helping ensure a happier holiday season.
Donna Nelson, RN
Mountainview Treatment Center Behavioral Health Nurse
For more than a quarter century, Donna and her church have been the driving forces behind her “Christmas Toys” mission to ensure local children from less fortunate financial circumstances enjoy the holiday season. Serving an estimated 400 children during the 2015 holiday season alone, she has turned herself into a virtual Santa managing donations, storage, and distribution. She even has her own “elf shop” where select “gently love” toys are restored and repaired. When Christmas is over, Donna and her supporters start right back up on Dec. 26 shopping for deals and bargains for the next year.
TriStar Division Winner
Parkridge Valley Executive Assistant
Dee coordinates Parkridge Valley’s activities including the Fall Festival and the Christmas Adopt-a-Child program. She also hosts a book club for teenage girls and runs a dance studio for younger, underprivileged girls. Dee helps provide supplies to the dancers and helps them with fundraising events to cover the costs of costumes and shoes.
The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize an employee, physician and volunteer at each Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) — affiliated facility who demonstrates extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are presented annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.