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Frist Humanitarian Award Ceremony

Recipient of the 48th annual Frist Humanitarian Award, Robin Yoder, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C, an oncology social worker at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia

The Frist Humanitarian Award, named in honor of HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), was created in 1971 and is the longest standing award in HCA Healthcare’s history. The award honors individuals within HCA Healthcare who demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that goes beyond everyday acts of kindness, and who inspire colleagues with their compassion and dedication. In 2020, HCA Healthcare colleagues collectively volunteered more than 83,000 hours in their communities. The recipients of this award are examples of that volunteer spirit and the humanitarian principles established by HCA Healthcare’s founders.

The Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and a $5,000 gift for the employee and volunteer recipients. The physician recipient receives a $10,000 donation to the charity of the physician’s choice.

Recipients of the 48th annual Frist Humanitarian Award are: Robin Yoder, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C, an oncology social worker at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia; Tom Kettler, MD, a family practitioner, and Anne Kettler, MD, a dermatologist, at College Park Family Care Center located in Stanley, Kansas, which is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas; and Lewis Franzen, a volunteer greeter and wayfinder at Centennial Hospital in Centennial, Colorado.

“The recipients of this year’s Frist Humanitarian Award are compassionate and selfless individuals whose generosity and community service epitomize the vision of our organization’s founders,” said Hazen. “From inside the hospital to in their communities and around the world, these recipients volunteer their time in a way that goes beyond everyday kindness.”

Robin Yoder is an oncology social worker with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital who has made caring for the welfare of others her life’s work for more than three decades. While helping others is a part of her job as a social worker, it’s evident to everyone she meets that caring for others is not work, but rather who she is at her core. She is an advocate, champion, mentor, friend, triathlete, two-time cancer survivor and an amputee who has impacted countless lives in Central Virginia and around the world. In 2019, she was part of the U.S. delegation to Turkmenistan to assist the country in developing adaptive sports programs for the amputee community. While abroad, she was recognized as a “Woman of Inspiration” by the Turkmenistan news.

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