Fort Walton Beach, FL – Fort Walton Beach Medical Center recently announced the recipients of its 2016 HCA Awards of Distinction. The winners of the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which recognize one physician, one employee and one volunteer who each demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community, are Dr. Eric Sandwith, Gerladine Lewis, and Mary Ann Roberts. The honorees of the Excellence in Nursing Award, celebrating the extraordinary clinical and compassionate care delivered by nurses every day, is Betty Carswell. 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 Winner: Excellence in Nursing Award

The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes the intrinsic value of nursing practice in accomplishing the mission of providing the highest quality of care to patients and the community, and is being given in two categories: Mentoring and Compassionate.

Betty Carswell, 2016 HCA Excellence in Nursing Award Winner. Betty has been a nurse at FWBMC for over 20 years and has been with HCA for even longer. She is an excellent nurse who exudes compassion and professionalism. She has shown tremendous ambition in her nursing profession and accepted a challenging leadership position with much enthusiasm and promise. Betty has exceeded in her role and always manages to keep a smile! Historically, the unit she leads has been a stepping stone for many novice nurses as they begin their careers. On this unit, she has continually provided a strong foundation for her staff, much like a school teacher who influences the career paths of her students. Her leadership skills, professional attitude, and discipline to stay focused on the goals of her unit and hospital has transformed the unit into a highly successful and desirable unit to work. Betty puts everyone before herself and takes excellent care of her staff, and even better care of her patients. Watching her interact with patients is what is life-changing. She puts her all into each patient interaction. She will take any and all measure to make sure the patients and families on her floor are comfortable, happy, and well cared for. Betty will go above and beyond, and then go beyond that.