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TriStar Centennial Medical Center Announces 2012 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

March 08, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 8, 2013) Mr. Jim Leath, Hyatt Sutton, M.D., and Ms. Karen ‘Lynne’ Watts were awarded TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s 2012 Frist Humanitarian Award during a ceremony on March 7, 2013.

Each recipient will now be eligible for the nationwide 2012 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor a volunteer, physician, and employee can receive at HCA, the parent company of TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one volunteer, one physician, and one employee at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist 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 HCA. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company’s Nashville, Tenn., headquarters.

“We are fortunate to work beside such caring and giving individuals as Mr. Leath, Dr. Sutton, and Ms. Watts,” said Heather Rohan, president and CEO, TriStar Centennial. “They are each actively engaged in the care of our patients and reach out to help those less fortunate in our community as well. Their exemplary work and compassion serves as an inspiration to all of us.”

Jim Leath, 2012 Volunteer Award recipient, supports fellow heart survivors in the TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. He has been volunteering on campus to work with pre- and post-heart surgery patients for more than 11 years, a role he embraced after becoming a heart survivor himself in 2001. Leath is a founding member of The Red Hat Society, a volunteer group of heart survivors who spend time with heart patients in the hospital to assist before and after heart care.

Leath also supports community organizations that enhance the well-being for individuals of all ages across Middle Tennessee. He is a long-time volunteer for several programs sponsored by St. Phillips Episcopal Church, including their Second Harvest Food Bank program, transportation of older parish members, and a homeless shelter program. Leath has also actively supported the Special Olympics for 20 years, currently serving as state director of the Bocce venue in the Nashville Summer Games, and volunteers during the annual state basketball tournament in Nashville. Serving an active aging population through the Donelson/Hermitage Leadership M3 level, he assists new classes of ‘senior’ level adults, processing community outreach projects, and managing alumni communications.

Hyatt Sutton, M.D., 2012 Physician Award recipient, is an internist with The Frist Clinic at TriStar Centennial. Colleagues describe Sutton as a dedicated, compassionate physician who places the needs of his patients and others above his own. In addition to providing care in clinic and for patients in the hospital for care, Sutton serves as the Chair, Medical Ethics Committee for TriStar Centennial.

In this highly respected role, Sutton is involved in planning for and discussing end-of-life care decisions – a topic that demands great compassion and medical proficiency for patients in all stages of life.

For the past five years, Sutton has been intimately involved in Neverthirst, a Christian-based organization dedicated to providing clean and living water to the poorest communities around the world. Sutton has personally traveled to and supported the Neverthirst mission in India, South Sudan, and Central African Republic. During his first such trip to India in 2008, Sutton saw 100 ‘patients’ of all ages in a single day. He continues self-funded contributions to the cause by fostering relationships with area physicians to continue healthcare services in the poorest areas of these countries, even securing and shipping needed medications.

Lynne Watts, 2012 Employee Award recipient, serves as the administrative assistant for the TriStar Centennial Imaging Department. In addition to daily responsibility for facilitating department leadership schedules, Watts rotates taking call for the patient advocacy line. Colleagues describe Watts as a dedicated, humble, and caring individual who always places the needs of others before her own.

Watts has spearheaded the annual facility Salvation Army Angels campaign that has supported more than 600 children across Middle Tennessee. The TriStar Centennial Angel Tree drive has grown each year, with Watts garnering hospital support to adopt 120 Angels for the 2012 holiday season. This was especially poignant because she lost her son in 2012. Watts decided to continue her Angel Tree campaign leadership role and dedicated all of her efforts to her son.

"These recipientsare an inspiration to all our employees and volunteers,” said Richard M. Bracken., HCA CEO. “Their generosity and dedication serve as a living example of HCA's commitment to the care and improvement of human life."

For more information about TriStar Centennial, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.

Celebrating 45 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill provides 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

Photo caption (pictured left to right): Hyatt Sutton, M.D., Karen ‘Lynne’ Watts, Heather Rohan, and Jim Leath pose for a photo after TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s 2012 Frist Humanitarian Award ceremony on March 7, 2013.

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