On Thursday, May 9 members of Team Colleton gathered to honor the 2024 First Humanitarian Award recipients.

HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.'s concern for the well-being of others went beyond his day-to-day work. In addition to building a successful corporation, he founded the Frist Foundation, a philanthropic organization that has donated millions in support of health programs, the performing arts, and education.

In 1971 the Frist Humanitarian Award was created to recognize individuals who serve the community and those in need, and whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. Colleton Medical Center's Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients are:

The Volunteer Frist Award was presented to Navy Veteran and long-serving community Pastor, Gerald Mabry for his commitment to service as a volunteer Chaplain for 31 years.

The Employee Frist Award was presented to Deanna Wells, Intake Coordinator for the Behavior Health Unit. Deanna is a strong patient advocate working tirelessly to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients under her care. Her compassionate care extends into the community, where she started a local initiative to provide household supplies and clothing for those in need.

The Physician Frist Award was presented to Dr. Michael Sylvia, a Board Certified Pediatrician with over 16 years of experience. Dr. Sylvia is a valued member of the Medical Staff and provides quality care for pediatric and neonatal patients.

HCA Healthcare was founded by leaders who dared to ask, “What if?” This question continues to unlock possibilities for our patients, colleagues, and community. The Innovator Award recognizes an individual who inspires a culture of innovation. The Innovator Award was presented to Shannon Sioma, Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab for spearheading a leadership training initiative for the growth and development of mid-level colleagues.

"It is an honor to recognize team members for the unwavering support and care they provide our patients and community," said Jimmy Hiott, Colleton Medical Center CEO. "Like Dr. Frist, our award recipients embrace the value of the human spirit by living our mission "Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life."