Medical Center of McKinney(MCM) announced the recipients of 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award, its highest employee, volunteer and physician award.
This year’s recipients are Gay Ranallo, RN, a Day Surgery nurse; Dorothy Bellew, a volunteer; and Brent Armstrong, MD, an emergency medicine physician.
This top employee, volunteer and physician award places these individuals in nomination for the nationwide 2010 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee, volunteer or physician can receive within HCA, the parent company of the Medical Center of McKinney.
The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize an employee, volunteer and physician 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.
Ranallo has been a nurse for 26 years and her leadership and compassionate nursing skills are indeed a tribute to MCM and HCA as whole.
A little over three years ago, Ranallo experienced a personal tragedy that she turned into amission of saving other lives. When her sister was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 55, and thenpassed away a year later, Gay chose to transform this untimely tragedy into a vehicle for helpingothers.
Since her sister’s death, Gay has personally taken it upon herself to become a champion for colon cancer awareness. She has tirelessly dedicated a day every March (which is designated as Colon Cancer Awareness month) to educate those around her about colon cancer and the benefits of a screening colonoscopy at the age of 50.
“Gay is doing her level best to turn a personal tragedy into a positive outcome for countlessindividuals is truly a testament to her compassion and commitment to others,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, Medical Center of McKinney President and CEO.
Dorothy Bellew has been a volunteer at MCM since 2007. She volunteers wherever she is needed, but her heart goes to 2 West Med/Surg.
Here calming and compassionate personality allows for a very open environment forcommunication with the patients. She is a champion for true patient centered care.
“She has been known to push a patient around the hospital in a wheelchair to just give them a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air,” said Lynch. Dorothy knows what needs to be done on the unit in which she volunteers and checks with the staff to see what support they need. She gives of her time because of her passion for others.
Throughout the years Dr. Armstrong has practiced Emergency Medicine at MCM, he has most assuredly touched the lives of innumerable patients, families, fellow associates and staff members. In what he describes as a “moment of obedience to God,” Dr. Armstrong’s commitment to others transcended even greater heights in 2007, when he led an ambitious medical mission to Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Since that time, Dr. Armstrong and his dedicated team have returned to Uganda for two weeks every summer, working alongside local doctors and nurses, building them up and affirming their work in a challenging medical environment.
“In a place where such services were virtually non-existent, Dr. Armstrong’s team has provided Mengo Hospital with a Resuscitation Room, a High Dependency Unit (ICU), and the installation of a reliable oxygen system,” said Lynch. Medical equipment gifts have included cardiac monitors, EKG machines, pulse oximeters, a defibrillator, and a BiPAP ventilator. There are so many ways in which he demonstrates his compassion for his patients and their families, as well as for everyone around him.
“Medical Center of McKinney is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Gay, Dorothy and Dr. Armstrong for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Lynch. “Undoubtedly, our patients and their families benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns these outstanding individuals demonstrate each day.”
Pictures: Top left is Gay Rannalo; middle right is Dorothy Bellew; lower left is Brent Armstrong.