Twin Cities Hospital Announces HCA Award of Distinction Winners

Three distinguished individuals committed to the field of healthcare
Photo courtesy of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital

Twin Cities Hospital recently announced the recipients of its 2018 HCA Awards of Distinction.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards recognize one physician, one employee and one volunteer who each demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.

The Excellence in Nursing Awards celebrates the extraordinary clinical and compassionate care delivered by nurses every day.

The HCA Awards of Distinction are the highest honor a physician, employee, volunteer, and nurse can receive.

“Twin Cities Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care, and each of these individuals is being honored because of their ongoing commitment to fulfilling this mission,” said Dave Whalen, CEO of Twin Cities Hospital. “We are grateful to work alongside these awardees, knowing that our community is growing stronger every day because of the contributions of such passionate individuals.”


Winners: The First Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Fr. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.


Thomas Fox, MD

Photo courtesy of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital

2018 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award Winner Dr. Fox works among us every day but few know of his dedication to giving back to our community and those less fortunate in other countries.

He volunteers on a regular basis at the Crossroads Medical Clinic in Valparaiso and the Hope Medical Clinic in Destin providing much-needed services to those in need. Dr. Fox volunteers as the team doctor at Northwest Florida State College providing year-round care for the athletes. This year Dr. Fox volunteered for a mission trip to North India to provide his medical services to the people there. Unfortunately, upon arrival, the trip was canceled due to monsoons and flooding.


Sharon Wise, RN

Photo courtesy of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital

2018 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Winner Sharon Wise lives the HCA mission “Above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life” not only professionally but personally as well.

Under her guidance and collaboration with physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff both programs soon reflected the engagement of improving care and human life.

She participates and coordinates many fundraising events for scholarships, drug awareness programs, youth camps, veteran’s programs, the Americanism essay program, as well as a member of the Boards of Directors for Florida One/Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition and the State Medical Assistance Response Team.

She also coordinated efforts in setting up the facility, arranged meals through donations from restaurants in the community, and distributed donated items as needed.

Sharon is a true humanitarian who gives selflessly of her time and talents. Not only was Sharon awarded the Twin Cities Hospital Employee Award she also was selected as the HCA North Florida Division Employee Frist Award Winner.


Carolyn Van Pelt

Photo courtesy of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital

2018 Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Winner Carolyn Van Pelt has served in the Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary for over 33 years and has accrued almost 24,000 hours! (Imagine if TCH had to pay her for all those selfless hours!)

Besides representing the Auxiliary at the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, she also teaches a Sunday School Class for special needs children and is active in the Retired Officers Wives Club at Eglin AFB.

Carolyn was a true friend and supporter of one of our staff members’ adult child, Katie.

Katie had Downs Syndrome but Carolyn volunteered to step up and went above and beyond looking after her as she began to volunteer in Auxiliary.

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