Oak Hill Hospital
March 14, 2014

Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital announces that its 2013 Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to the following:

  • The Frist Humanitarian Associate Award was presented to John Capel, Jr., monitor technician.
  • The Frist Humanitarian Physician Award was presented to M. Rodwan Hiba, MD.
  • The Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award was presented to Gretchen Logan, volunteer in Oak Hill's marketing and human relations departments.
photo of 2013 frist humanitarian award winners: M. Rodwan Hiba, MD, Gretchen Logan, and John Capel

Left to Right: M. Rodwan Hiba, MD, Gretchen Logan and John Capel

The Frist Humanitarian Award was founded in 1971 and honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian, this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care-giving epitomizes the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Three awards are given annually to each HCA hospital. One recognizes an HCA associate who goes above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities and their overall service to their community. Another recognizes an HCA volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within our facilities and the community. The third award recognizes a physician who best displays a concern for the well being of others beyond his or her day-to-day physician responsibilities, thus best epitomizing Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.'s commitment to the communities in which we serve.

Associate nominees were:

  • John Capel, Jr.
  • Christine Darson, RN
  • Irina Davis, RN
  • Joslyn Figueroa, RN
  • Parris Gunn
  • Julia Herne, RN
  • Monroe Knight
  • Tracy Lane, RN
  • Rebecca Laroche, RN
  • Kim Loucks, RN
  • Rebecca Riker
  • Celeste Robbins, LPN
  • Maria Sanchez
  • Aldina Simic, RN
  • Ruth Smith, RN
  • Lori Starry, RN
  • Christina Stodart, RN
  • Laura Terren, RN

Physician nominees were:

  • Dr. Frank Bono
  • Dr. Lyle Breeding
  • Dr. M Rodwan Hiba
  • Dr. Gopal Korupolu
  • Dr. Yulia Markova-Acevedo
  • Dr. James Okoh
  • Dr. Mallik Piduru
  • Dr. Michael Wahl

Volunteer nominees were:

  • Charlotte Brown
  • Hawley Crary
  • Gretchen Logan
  • Marie Nyquist
  • Ron Rosenberg
  • Bud Wilde

2013 Frist Humanitarian Associate Award: John Capel, Jr.

John Capel, Jr. was born and raised in Brooksville, Florida and with the exception of college at the University of Florida has remained here for his entire life. John became somewhat a local celebrity in high school when he was considered one of the nation's top wide receivers in football and one of the nation's top sprinters in 100 meters and 200 meters. He then received an athletic scholarship to run track and play football for University of Florida. He left the University of Florida in 2000 to pursue a professional track career. John won the 200-meter sprint at the 2000 US Olympic trials with a personal best of 19.85 seconds; he finished eighth in the 200-meter final with a time of 20.49 at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

John remembers Oak Hill Hospital as the first hospital he ever went to as a child. He began working at Oak Hill in 2009 as a transporter. He then moved on to be an operating room aide and eventually monitor technician in the emergency department. He is known for always wearing a smile and offering a helping hand anywhere in the facility.

John does more than live and work in Hernando County. He makes an impact on the community. When John is not at work his focus is on T.E.A.M. – True Elite Athletics Mentoring. John started T.E.A.M. as a non-profit, youth leading mentoring programs for at-risk, low income youth in Brooksville. John believes “stable households and stable environments make for stable kids.” T.E.A.M. offers coaching and mentoring in track, football and basketball. John's wife, Sandy, a teacher at a local elementary school, provides tutoring to participants with a specific focus on literacy. He has reached out to teachers, fire fighters and police officers in the community to join T.E.A.M. as mentors and develop relationships with community youth who may otherwise have no one else to go to. John also goes to local high schools as part of T.E.A.M. to provide guidance on navigating the college entrance process.

John's community outreach goes even further. He is actively involved in his local church where he is an ordained minister. He teaches Sunday School and preaches to the congregation on occasion. He has been designated a “healing pastor,” which allows him to go to nursing homes and hospitals on behalf of his church to lay hands on and pray for the sick.

2013 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award: M. Rodwan Hiba, MD

Dr. Hiba is originally from Damascus, Syria. After completing his medical degree at the University of Damascus Dr. Hiba moved to the United States. He then completed an internship in internal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, followed by a residency in gastroenterology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His fellowship in internal medicine was completed at Detroit Medical Center in Michigan. Dr. Hiba specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He has shared his knowledge and his ability to heal with the people in his community pro bono by volunteering at our Crescent Community Clinic. This is the clinic where licensed medical and dental professionals provide free care either at the clinic or even at their own facility. Dr. Hiba spends at least one Saturday per month providing care at the clinic and he sees at least ten patients each time. He treats each patient waiting to be seen and does not leave until every person seeking care has been educated, treated and cared for.

Dr. Hiba is a member of People Helping People in Hernando County. He has been instrumental in the development of this 501(c)(3) organization and in ensuring its continued growth. People Helping People in Hernando County is an interfaith community established program that was established to provide food, clothing and other basic necessities to those individuals in Hernando County who are hungry or struggling in today's difficult economy. PHP also serves free meals every Sunday at the Senior Citizen Center of Hernando County. They provide clothing, toiletries and social service referrals as needed. They also established “Weekend Blessings” in cooperation with the Hernando County School District and the Hernando County Head Start and the Boys Club. This program provides weekend nourishment for approximately 600 students in need who would otherwise go hungry until the next school meal is available.

In addition to this excellent work, Dr. Hiba participates in the Syrian Sunrise Foundation which provides humanitarian aid to those in Syria. This includes medical aid, family support, winter aid, school supplies, housing, clothing, widow sponsorship, orphan aid, and food aid.

Dr. Hiba continues to positively impact the lives of many both inside and outside Oak Hill Hospital.

2013 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award: Gretchen Logan

Gretchen Logan hails from Indianapolis, Indiana but relocated to Weeki Wachee, Florida in 2006. Gretchen received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business. Growing up she met a nun who taught her the song God Loves the Cheerful Giver, and it touched her so deeply that from then on Gretchen tried to inspire children in school to live that type of life.

In 1975 Gretchen began volunteering at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis. When she and her husband began traveling to Florida as “snow birds” in 2004 she decided she wanted to use her experience at St. Vincent's to help the local community. We were very fortunate that she began volunteering at Oak Hill Hospital. She used her skills to help manage the many different community events Oak Hill Hospital sponsors and participates in. She helps keep the associates, physicians, volunteers and patients informed of the different events and different hospital services.

In addition, Gretchen and her Pekingese, Annie, are heroes at the local hospice. Gretchen enrolled Annie in “Companion Paws,” a training program to become a companion for those in hospice. Gretchen and Annie visit hospice at least once a week, visiting not only the patients but also their children, grandchildren, and other relatives who need to be comforted during a difficult situation. Gretchen and Annie use this training even further by going on walks through our community to visit many neighbors who are living alone and need a friend.

Gretchen also assists four senior citizens in the community by arranging their various physician appointments and driving them to those appointments as well as taking care of various personal needs.

Gretchen cares for several children in the community, helping their parents out by picking the children up from school or their activities, helping them with their homework and just being with them until their parents are able to come home to them. Gretchen is also a member of the local homeowner's association.

Gretchen has impacted the lives of many both inside and outside of Oak Hill Hospital.

More about the program:

The local award winners were selected by a panel that includes peers, senior leaders, and prior nominees. The local associate and volunteer winners receive a prize of $250, a beautiful 10k gold Frist lapel pin, and a certificate of recognition. The physician receives a donation to a favorite charity in his or her name and the 10k gold Frist lapel pin.

The hospital award winners go on to compete for the 2013 National Frist Award. If selected as a National Frist Award winner, they and a guest are invited to Nashville, Tennessee where they will attend a reception in their honor by Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr. and other HCA leadership. They will also receive a bronze statue, a $5,000 gift to the charity of their choice and a $5,000 cash gift. The physician recipient will receive a $10,000 gift to the charity of his or her choice and a bronze statue.