Trident Health System recently announced the recipients of the 2009 Frist Humanitarian Award presented nationally to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) employees and volunteers. Trident Medical Center 2009 recipients include: Richard Donoughue, staff chaplain, Kathy Worthington, a hospital volunteer and Dr. James Benner, cardiothoracic surgeon. Summerville Medical Center recipients include: Lauren Lethco, emergency room nurse, Nick Nichols, a hospital volunteer and Dr. Bob Greaves, emergency room physician. This honor places all six recipients in nomination for the nationwide 2009 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee or volunteer can earn within HCA, the parent company of Trident Health System.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee, one volunteer and one physician at each HCA facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.  The 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 Hospital Corporation of America, the predecessor company of HCA. 

"HCA is committed to delivering quality patient care and we are extremely proud to recognize our employees, volunteers and physicians for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community," said Todd Gallati, Trident Health System President and CEO. "Their exemplary work and compassion set a high standard for health care professionals and we are proud to have them as part of our family.  Undoubtedly, our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian efforts they demonstrate each day".    

Trident Health System is an HCA healthcare system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center, a 24 hour Emergency Department. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health System is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health System, please visit our website at or call 843.797.7000.