Redmond Regional Medical Center announces the recipients of the hospital’s prestigious HCA Awards of Distinction, the highest honors bestowed upon employees, physicians, and volunteers at Redmond.  The recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Awards are: Dr. Ryland Scott, Harbin Clinic General Surgeon – Physician Recipient; Terrence Hight, Redmond Surgical Services Administrator – Employee Recipient; and Charlotte Charyk, Redmond Outpatient Department Volunteer – Volunteer Recipient.  Recipients of the Excellence in Nursing Awards are: Kathy Kinne-Ware, R.N., B.S.N. Redmond Cardiac Critical Care Unit Director – Compassionate Care Recipient; and Mary Finley, R.N., B.S.N. Redmond House Supervisor – Professional Mentoring Recipient.  HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) is the parent company of Redmond Regional Medical Center.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., co-founder of HCA.  Each year, one physician, one employee, and one volunteer from Redmond are recognized for their dedication to the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. Adding to these awards of distinction are the Excellence in Nursing Awards which recognize the intrinsic value of nursing practice in accomplishing the company mission of providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. These awards are the highest honors given to an employee, nurse, volunteer, and physician at HCA.

Frist Physician Recipient, Dr. Ryland Scott, is described as a consummate professional, treating patients and their families as if they are members of his own family. His focus on quality of care and elevating the patient experience is truly above par. Beyond the practice of medicine, Dr. Scott and his wife Jennifer continue to serve the community of Rome and beyond. Their recent 18-month commitment of providing a foster home for three children took them from a busy life with three children of their own, to another level of childrearing. Now, with those children formally adopted by a loving family, they are shifting their focus to Restoration Rome, which is a redevelopment opportunity to transform the former Southeast Elementary School into a hub of foster and adoptive community services.  Dr. Scott has taken his family on three medical mission trips over the last few years, serving Honduras as a surgeon, Guatemala to build/teach about water filters, and Mexico with Power Ministries to serve on a building and jail ministry.  He and Jennifer were the founding chairs of the Rome chapter of Young Life, which is an interdenominational ministry for youth. They served as chairs for 11 years before turning this over to new leaders within the organization. Dr. Scott serves as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Rome. Although nominated to an Elder position, he preferred to remain in a position of service, recognizing that is just the “way he is wired.”

Rome native and Frist Employee Recipient Terrence Hightserves as a leader both in the community and at Redmond.  As the Surgical Services Administrator, Terrence is known at Redmond as someone who is fair, honest, and does the right thing.  In the greater Rome community, Terrence has the same reputation.  With a heart for mentoring youth, Terrence has coached youth sports for many years. But the time he gives is so much more than teaching the mechanics of a sport.  For Terrence, it is about instilling values in youth so that they grow into the most successful adults they can be. Terrence has years of active involvement in a variety of civic organizations focused on bettering our community including the Rome Floyd Chamber (including graduate of Leadership Rome), 100 Black Men of Rome, and most recently the Board of Communities in Schools. This is just a small portion of the much larger impact that Terrence Hight has on the community. If you ask most any young man mentored by Terrence through recreation-league ball, community groups, and more – they would tell you what a genuine, positive difference Terrence has made in their life.

Frist Volunteer Recipient Charlotte Charyk has gone above and beyond for both the hospital staff and patients alike. This includes a very painful season of her life when her husband died unexpectedly. Ms. Charlotte seems to have volunteered her way through the grieving process of that great loss.  Her warm smile and energetic personality have long been a great welcome to patients who enter the outpatient department. Ms. Charlotte, a six-plus year volunteer in the outpatient department, is always quick to extend a hand or a hug to those she feels are in need. Without a doubt, she has allowed a painful experience in her own life to be a ministry opportunity for others. Ms. Charlotte never completes a shift without asking the nursing staff, housekeeping staff, registration staff, and other volunteers if there is anything she can do for them to make their load a little easier. The staff and patients at Redmond are fortunate to have someone with such a caring and compassionate heart for humanity that is willing to share so much of her spare time.

Redmond’s Cardiac Critical Care Unit Director, Kathy Kinne-Ware, R.N., B.S.N. is the Excellence in Nursing Award for Compassionate Care recipient. Kathy is known for her generous heart and her desire to always help others. She quietly goes about her work, all the while keeping up with the needs of those around her. Kathy is always contemplating ways to help others, no matter what the circumstances, and always putting the needs of others before herself. She will drop whatever she is doing to go and tend to a patient when she is needed. Her joy is in helping others. The past two years she has spearheaded fundraisers for several Redmond colleagues. These individuals were facing significant financial struggles as well as challenging medical issues.  She and her husband graciously opened their home as a venue to host these events.  Her enthusiasm and love for Redmond can always be seen by her work.  When given a project, she is in it 110%.  Kathy never willingly takes credit but always allows others to shine. Every day she shows up and is wholly present in the moment with patients, visitors, staff, and everyone at Redmond.  Kathy leads with humility, promotes innovation, and continuously upholds our mission, vision, and values.

Professional Mentoring recipient Mary Finley, R.N., B.S.N., has been a nurse at Redmond since 1976.  Early in her career, Mary’s knowledge of the nursing profession, critical thinking skills, and leadership skills very quickly earned the respect of her nursing leaders and the physicians.  She soon became THE mentor of her floor.  Mary’s focus is always on putting the interest of the patient first.  She is kind, caring, respectful and courteous towards patients and staff alike. As the night shift House Supervisor for over 20 years, Mary has become a mentor to all “her” R.N.s.  She cares so deeply about them that she does not just mentor them in a professional capacity but in many other areas of their lives as well.  She can read andlead people. She insures a sense of worth in all R.N.s and the work they are doing. Mary’s extraordinary mentoring skills affect the professional lives of many nurses, doctors, administrators on call, night shift employees from all departments, and last but most importantly, our patients.  No one can rally the entire hospital to pull together as a team as Mary does.  She is trusted and well respected by leaders, staff and medical staff.  Mary serves as an excellent role model for leadership, compassionate care, and professional behavior.

At Redmond, we are guided by our mission statement: ‘Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.’ The annual Frist Humanitarian Awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our colleagues who exemplify that mission to the highest degree,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center.  “We are pleased to honor Dr. Ryland Scott, Terrence Hight, Charlotte Charyk, Kathy Kinne-Ware, and Mary Finley with Redmond’s HCA Awards of Distinction for their efforts in serving our patients and our community. Their exemplary work and compassion for others sets a high standard for healthcare professionals nation-wide.”

These caring and talented individuals will now be considered for HCA’s division-level awards. The division-level winners are entered into consideration for the national-level awards which are presented during a special ceremony at the HCA headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

About the HCA Awards of Distinction

Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes one employee, one physician and one volunteer from each HCA facility.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are at the front line of patient care every day. The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award was created in 2014 to recognize the intrinsic value of the nursing practice in accomplishing our mission of providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. The award recognizes HCA nurses who excel in the categories of compassionate care and professional mentoring.

HCA was created through the vision of founders, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., Jack Massey and Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr., and more than 45 years later, the company continues to invent and develop systems to advance health and patient care, in large part due to ideas from employees. The HCA Innovators Award, established in 2010, continues the tradition of recognizing innovative thinkers with ideas that improve patient quality, service or the financial impact of operations.