Colleton Medical Center presented its Awards of Distinction on Friday, February 28, 2020. These awards are HCA Healthcare's highest honor. These are composed of The Frist Humanitarian Awards, with categories for employees, volunteers and physicians, for their exceptional humanitarian and volunteer activities and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards presenting awards in two categories: professional mentoring and compassionate care.

This year, six members of the Colleton Medical Center staff have been presented with the Awards of Distinction.

Debra Lake was recognized as this year's Volunteer award winner. Last year alone, Lake volunteered 363 hours, contributing to $11,000 in sales for the hospital's gift shop. These funds were awarded as scholarships to eight deserving high school seniors.

Dr. Jack Arras, being recognized in the Physician category, has been a cornerstone to Colleton Medical Center for 20 years. He currently serves Colleton Medical Center as the Immediate Past President of the Medical Staff, as well as, the Medication Diversion Team, and is the Medical Director of the Laboratory.

Willie Powell, recognized in the employee category, currently serves as a CT Tech and has been employed with Colleton Medical Center for over 20 years. He was recognized for his unmatched work in the hospital, his service in the US Navy, and joyful sound of his singing in the down the hallways by Radiology.

Melissa Hudson, was presented with the Innovators Award, which recognizes someone who advances the mission of the organization through innovation. Hudson began her career at Colleton Medical Center in 2007, and since then has set the standard for innovation in the hospital. Her diligence in solving complex issues that arise is not only a big win for Colleton Medical, but HCA as a whole.

The Nursing in Excellence Awards were presented by Colleton Medical Center's Chief Nursing Officer, Jamie Kabanuk. HCA Healthcare recognizes the intrinsic value of the nursing practice, and while many of our nurses have been recognized as Frist Humanitarian Award recipients in previous years, the Excellence in Nursing Award program honors their exceptional work in a more direct and formal capacity.

Crystal Spooner took home the award for Compassionate Care in Nursing. Her colleagues spoke of her ability to not only take care of their physical needs, but the emotional and spiritual needs as well. She is a true asset to Colleton Medical and the nursing profession.

Rebecca Hayden, was recognized for her Professional Mentoring skills in Nursing. She started her career at Colleton in 1998 and has carved her path as a leader since then. She is known by her mentees for her integrity and exceptional leadership.

Colleton Medical Center's CEO, Jimmy Hiott, said this of the awards winners, "We are extremely proud to recognize this year's recipients for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. Their hard work and compassion sets a high standard for healthcare professionals. We are proud to have them as part of our Colleton family."