Sarasota, FL -- Charles Rush, M.D., Cindy Rogers-Brunner, MEd, CCC/SLP, EdD, and Paul Byrnes were chosen as this year’s Frist Humanitarian Award.  This award is the highest honor a physician, employee, and volunteer can receive at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

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. The award was created to recognize one employee, one physician and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.

Dr. Charles Rush, Orthopedic Surgeon for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, currently serves on the hospital’s Board of Trustees; in addition, he was awarded Doctors Hospital 2005 Physician of the Year.  Dr. Rush remains active in the community as a local high school team physician and youth basketball coach.  He continuously exemplifies compassion and kindness which has led him to selflessly contribute his time and skills on a recent mission trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.  There he alongside 4 other surgeons performed 60 free joint replacements to individuals less fortunate, drastically improving their quality of life.

Cindy Rogers-Brunner has been with Doctors Hospital since 2000 working as a highly respected Director of Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care Services.  Cindy participates in most hospital community events, where she happily volunteers her time serving food, presenting on various health topics, and providing baked goods for fundraisers.    She has an incredible devotion to the community participating and fundraising for Relay for Life, American Heart Association, and Diabetes Association (Tour de Cure), all in an effort to raise awareness and funds for these organizations.  Cindy regularly donates her own hair for Locks of Love to provide those undergoing chemotherapy with wigs. 

Paul Byrnes has volunteered at Doctors Hospital for nearly nine years, providing much-needed assistance in the Emergency Department.  In addition, Paul generously volunteers with Sarasota County Child Protection Services where he supervises visitation between a child and parent who has lost parental rights.  He is also actively involved with the Sister Cities Program, United Nations Association and Villa Rosa Condominium Board of Directors.