AURORA, CO, April 27, 2017 – This week, The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) honored an employee, a physician and a volunteer as the hospital’s 2017 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients. As recipients of the award the three are eligible for HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) national Frist Humanitarian Awards. HCA is the parent company of TMCA.
The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals associated with HCA for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Nominees are those who demonstrate remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and have performed extraordinary acts of kindness, thereby contributing to the improvement of patient relations, not necessarily in the area of direct patient care. Nominees must also demonstrate a level of commitment to community service beyond the daily operation of the hospital and their contributions may be overshadowed due to personal modesty and genuine humility.
The 2017 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients at TMCA are Dr. Ralfella Meister, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, Vanessa Fuchs, Physical Therapist, and Andy Drance, Pastoral Volunteer.
Dr. Ralfella Meister is a physician with Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. In addition to her daily work, Dr. Meister has volunteered with the Colfax Community Network serving families who live in the hotels on Colfax. Dr. Meister shared, “We do good work every single day. The providers are there because they love it. Our clinic is filled with love.” Their passion is to treat all of their patients with dignity and respect.
Andy Drance became a Volunteer Chaplain at TMCA in 2013. He was motivated to volunteer at TMCA due to the fact that the staff had experienced the horrific theater shooting tragedy in Aurora the previous year, and it was a way for him to express his appreciation to the hospital staff and give back to the community.
Vanessa Fuchs is a Physical Therapy Assistant who models TMCA’s mission and values in her daily work and beyond. Vanessa’s commitment to TMCA’s community partnerships is inspirational. She has been a driving force for community involvement and has inspired her coworkers to contribute in the TMCA in-kind donation drives collecting books, school supplies, warm clothing for kids, toys, and more.
“All three of these individuals personify TMCA’s mission and vision. They live our I CARE values - Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence – every day,” says Dan Miller, President and CEO at The Medical Center of Aurora. “They are to be commended and congratulated for their selflessness and generosity. It’s a privilege and very humbling for me to work alongside these wonderful people who give back far more than they receive.”
About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is a 346-bed acute care hospital located in Aurora, Colorado. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of six campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Centennial Medical Plaza, Saddle Rock ER, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and a medical office building at Green Valley Ranch. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. The Medical Center of Aurora received ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group (Fall 2015, Fall 2016), was named Colorado’s only 2016 Leapfrog Top General Hospital, was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013).