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TriStar Centennial Medical Center Announces 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

February 25, 2014

TriStar Centennial Medical Center Announces 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 25, 2014)Angela Lardent, Karen Gough, and James “Chris” Wilbeck, M.D., were awarded TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award during a ceremony on February 17, 2014.

Each recipient will now be eligible for the nationwide 2013 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 alongside exemplary individuals such as Ms. Gough, Dr. Wilbeck, and Ms. Lardent,” said Heather Rohan, president and CEO for TriStar Centennial. “Their care and compassion for others, demonstrated each day, sets a high standard for healthcare professionals and we are proud to recognize their efforts with this prestigious award.”

Angela Lardent, 2013 Volunteer Award recipient, served as a physical therapist at TriStar Centennial for more than 22 years before retiring and becoming a volunteer in 2011. Utilizing her unique talents, medical knowledge, and deep concern for others, she supports our neuroscience department and sleep center. In this role, she engages patients, ensuring they receive their sleep equipment and educating them on the signs of stroke.

Lardent also supports the greater Nashville community, serving as a volunteer ombudsman and mentor at Christian Care in Rutherford County for the last three years. She is a mission council member at her church, Holy Cross, and is engaged in their In-Reach program, Lydia’s Guild Meal Support program, and the church welcome and archives committees.

Karen Gough, 2013 Employee Award recipient, has served as a clinical nurse specialist at TriStar Centennial Medical Center for more than 10 years. She supports the hospital at-large by teaching various clinical topics, with a primary focus in our critical care units. In this role, she supports both staff and patients through advocacy and education and is described by her peers as a “huge asset and a great resource to clinical leaders and front line staff members.”

Gough spends her personal time traveling to other countries to serve others. She most recently travelled to South Vietnam in November 2013, where she taught nursing students, physicians, practicing nurses and nurse leaders about patient safety goals and the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

James “Chris” Wilbeck, M.D., 2013 Physician Award recipient, is a nephrologist at Nephrology Associates and on staff at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Colleagues describe Wilbeck as a caring, compassionate physician who places the needs of his patients and others above his own. In addition to providing care in clinic and at the hospital, Wilbeck serves on both the pharmacy & therapeutics committee and the ICU committee for TriStar Centennial.

Not only does Dr. Wilbeck use his gifts in medical practice, he also uses them to serve the community. Dr. Wilbeck is a board member for the Tennessee Kidney Foundation and serves on the medical emergency and disaster preparation committees at Otter Creek Church, where he is a member. He also serves on the ministry coordinating committee which is focused on recruiting, training, equipping, empowering and encouraging ministry leaders.

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