We are excited to share our winners from our 2020 Frist Humanitarian and Excellence in Nursing awards. These awards are among some of the highest and most distinctive awards in HCA. Each winner was nominated by their peers and received a certificate, flowers and $500 to help celebrate their recognition.

The Frist Award started in 1971 and was created to honor outstanding individuals for their volunteer activities. It recognizes work not only inside our hospital but in the community. The Excellence in Nursing recognizes the invaluable contributions among two categories; professional mentoring and compassionate care.

Following this recognition, our recipients will be sent to our HCA South Atlantic Division office where one recipient among our thirteen hospitals in each category will be selected. Those winners will be considered for our enterprise-wide awards, which will be presented at HCA Healthcare’s headquarters in Nashville on June 26th .

These colleagues, physician and volunteer go above and beyond and put the lives of others above their own. They are all exceptional individuals and we proud to have them as part of our team.

Frist Humanitarian Winners

Employee Award Winner – Lorrie Sarver

When Lorrie is not at Orange Park Medical Center working as Director of the Emergency Department, she donates her time to many efforts in the community. Lorrie generously contributes her heart and time to the following efforts: prison fellowship angel tree, Florida State Prison, Lake Butler Prison, Lowell Women’s Prison, LAS Marketplace ministries, and feeding the community of Love Drive Apartments and Carol Drive Apartments monthly. Lorrie also raised funds to help 20 children take a trip to Disney World and holds annual summer camps for children with incarcerated parents in four counties. These activities just touch the surface on all of the compassionate projects Lorrie gives her time to.

Lorrie has been an RN more than 20 years and with HCA more than ten. She is known for integrity and her servant leadership. She is a leader inside and outside of the hospital and gives herself to her team, community and family. She has a strength in meeting people where they are, without judgement and is willing to do anything to meet their needs and share workload. She is a true role model for all three values.

Physician Award Winner – Dr. Craig Sussman

Dr. Sussman is a neonatologist at Orange Park Medical Center. He is kind, approachable, and always cheerful. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Sussman is a co-founder of the Starlight Project, a nonprofit organization that partners with Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. The Starlight Project creates dream bedrooms for children in Jacksonville and St. Augustine with special needs. His organization is committed to enhancing the lives of children with all types of special needs by creating beautiful, creative, and functional room makeovers for these children at no cost to their family.

Dr. Sussman is well respected by our women and children’s colleagues and he has been instrumental in the growth and care our cuties patient population. He has served on several committees at our hospital and is always willing to help out any way he can.

Volunteer Award Winner – Louis Lindsay

Louis Lindsay has served 2 years as President of the Auxiliary at Orange Park Medical Center and promotes the teen volunteer program. Louis works closely with the Auxiliary nursing scholarship program, adopted five local title one schools and provides items needed to the teachers at local elementary schools. Louis is also a District Member of Florida Association of Directors of Volunteer services.

A little bit more about Louis, he has played the trombone with some of the biggest names in the music including bands such as Chicago. His wide variety of life experiences include being a veteran in the Air Force, working as a correctional officer and running his own company. After more than 25 years working in many industries he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Not one to be still he joined our Volunteers in 2013 and has been a faithful member serving in many capacities.

Excellence in Nursing

Compassionate Care – Leighann Hufford

Leighann is a caring, compassionate and inspiring nurse leader. She is patient and caring by nature and conveys these qualities as she interacts with her staff. She takes the time to go above-and-beyond to help others achieve their goals. Leighann’s units do not feel like units or teams, but family, because she has built them with love, kindness, encouragement, and optimism.

Lee Bush has been a nurse for more than 20 years, spending 15 of those years with Orange Park Medical Center. She has been a leader in nursing the majority of her career. Lee is has been described as consistent, fair, an employee advocate, and was part of a team that won Unit of Distinction. She is known for being technology savvy, a mentor and resource to peers and supervisors. She continuously steps up to ensure the entire team is prepared and can meet our high standards.

Professional Mentoring – Lee Bush

Lee has been with HCA for 25 years, starting in one of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville’s outpatient programs. She has spent the last 16 years at Orange Park Medical Center as a specialty nurse, caring for some of the hospital’s most critically injured patients. Lee is an active participant of our employee advisory group and is always standing by as a resource for questions in her field. When you talk about our values ownership, compassion and excellence, she is the role model for all three. A true OPMC Ambassador.

Lee is active in the Veteran community. She served in Desert Storm during the Gulf War as a platoon leader. During her time at Orange Park Medical center, she continuously makes a positive and lasting impression on her patients during their road to recovery. She goes above and beyond for each and every patient, always willing to educate and guide in her field of specialty