Each day physicians, nurses and, volunteers at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota work hard improving lives and caring for our community. The hospital has a long tradition of recognizing employees and volunteers who contribute through their professional and personal lives. Recently the recipients of the Awards of Distinction were announced. The awards include the Frist Humanitarian and the Excellence in Nursing Awards. The Frist Humanitarian award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a notable cardiologist and founder of HCA Healthcare, known for his philanthropy, kindness and commitment to others.

Frist Award Physician – Dr. Frank Biondolillo, Emergency Department Medical Director – recognized for his compassionate care to patients and his community work with Turning Points, a group that works to end homelessness; mentoring local students; sponsorship at the Spectrum School for residents affected by Downs Syndrome, autism and related diagnosis; volunteering at Sarasota Military Academy and LECOM in Bradenton.

Frist Award Nurse – Diego Patino, RN Surgical Services – recognized for mentoring new employees and students and his positive yet humble work ethic in the operating room. He recently volunteered in the Dominican Republic with a team of surgeons doing scoliosis surgery for children.

Frist Award Volunteer – George Donnelly, Volunteer – recognized for volunteering more than 1000 hours at the hospital. He is known for his kind, caring and genuine concern for others. He also volunteers with the South County Food Bank, Street Ministry for the homeless in Venice; serves as a chaplain and travels to the northeast several times a year to work with underprivileged youth.

Excellence in Nursing Award, Compassionate Care Award – Sarah Balmos, RN Medical-Surgical Department. Recognized for exceptional nursing knowledge, expert skills and consistently applying both compassion and integrity to improve patient care.

"Dr. Biondolillo, Diego, Sarah and George' demonstrate the ideals we all strive for. I thank them for all they do for our patients, our co-workers, and this community," said Doctors Hospital of Sarasota CEO, Robert Meade.