Largo Medical Center Names Frist Humanitarian Recipients

Largo, FL – Kimberly Michelle Faulkner, Ultrasound Supervisor, has been named the 2007 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award recipient, and Leon Snyder, Patient Transporter, has been named the 2007 Volunteer recipient, according to Ricky Satcher, Chief Executive Officer.

“We are very proud to recognize Kimberly and Leon with this honor as they truly exemplify the attributes of humility, kindness and compassion that this award was created to recognize,” said Satcher.  “In addition to our local recognition, we are submitting both for consideration in the selection of a national winner.”

Kimberly has been a member of the Largo team for more than six years, and is well known for her compassionate care and concern for patients. She was nominated for the award by her colleagues who noted that in addition to providing outstanding patient care, she also volunteers her time to assist with transporting individuals to their physician office appointments and donates both her time and financial resources to support the America Veterans association. 

Her interest in health care began early at age 16 when she started working at the Lafon Nursing Home in New Orleans. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of health care settings and positions, including certified nursing assistant, medical office assistant, physical therapy assistant and home health. 

She resides in Valrico with her husband Raymond, who has retired from the Coast Guard with 24 years of service and they have two sons; Raymond, Jr., is attending the Avertitte University in Virginia where he is working on a law degree and Kendall is still at home with his parents, attending high school.

Leon has served for more than a decade at Largo Medical Center as a volunteer patient transporter. He was nominated for the award by members of the hospital team and the community, where is he well regarded for his kindness and many volunteer endeavors. These include earning the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest awards given in Scouting; serving as an active member of the Elks for more than 30 years; Chairman, Indoctrination Elks; Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion; Chairman of the Veterans Activities for the Lodge where he organizes parties and outings for the veterans at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Hospital nursing home. He is also an active member of his church and well regarded for going above and beyond in providing a kind word and a gentle smile to patients, family members and staff in the hospital.

He resides in Largo with his wife Janice and they have two sons, Jay and Leonard.

About the Frist Humanitarian Award
The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving reflect the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr. was one of the founders of HCA and served as its president until the middle 1970’s, as well as, serving his community in a variety of ways. He was often heard saying, “good people beget good people” in reference to the quality of personnel that worked for HCA. The Frist Award is the highest honor HCA on its most important resource, our staff and volunteers.