Fort Walton Beach, Fl — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center recently announced the recipients of its 2017 HCA Awards of Distinction. The winners of the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which recognizes one employee and one volunteer who each demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community, are Bethany Worley and Frances Catlett. The honorees of the Excellence in Nursing Award, celebrating the extraordinary clinical and compassionate care delivered by nurses every day, is Ryan Leith. The HCA Awards of Distinction is the highest honor a physician, employee, volunteer, and a nurse can receive.

"Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 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 Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. "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."

About the Winners: Frist Awards

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.

Bethany Worley, 2017 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Winner. Bethany has demonstrated dedication to providing outstanding care daily to the patients at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Since becoming a director of 3South, she has made system improvements throughout and continues to advocate for the safe patient care and prioritization of the patients care to maintain flow out of the emergency room onto the medical unit. She has helped to decrease out nurse to patient ratio to ensure safer patient care and the team believes that employee retention has increased due to this change. She takes the time to round on her employees daily providing support to all staff members. She also provides patient care while being in the director role of the unit. She encourages participation in nurse driven committees and much more. She currently leads the Nurse Practice Council and Fall Committee, as well as volunteering her time to speak at new hire orientations. It is in these committees that she continues to research and learn knowledge to advocate for the welfare of the patient population as a whole. She is very passionate about nursing care, to include patient safety as well as nursing safety. She takes the time to know each employee as an individual and her appreciation shows. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help. She is a dependable, energetic, and honest individual. It is because of all of these things, her employees nominated her for one of the most prestigious awards given by HCA.