Ft 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 are comprised of one physician, one employee and one volunteer who each demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The 2017 Volunteer First Humanitarian Award winner is Frances Catlett. 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 the winning individuals are 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.

Frances Catlett, 2017 Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Winner

Frances joined our hospital Auxiliary in 2011 and quickly became an active and vital member of our Auxiliary. She jumped right in serving in many areas including front desk, escort, surgery waiting and most recently CVICU. Frances was the Auxiliary President in 2015 and 2016, she currently still serves on the Board as Recording Secretary. In addition to the day-to-day service that Frances provides to our patients, families and visitors, she serves as the Membership Chairperson, which includes recruiting, interviewing and orientating new members. Frances hit record numbers in 2017 with 37 new Auxiliary members in 2017. In addition to her local role as an Auxiliary member, Frances served two years as the Northwest District Director for the Association of Florida Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers.

The hospital is not the only place Frances devotes her time to. She is active at Wright Baptist Church where she leads Sunday school, now known as small group. She recently made and donated blankets and quilts for the local Children in Crisis, and made handmade clothing for the children in Africa and Haiti. This clothing was delivered to those locations through local mission trips that her daughter and hospital staff have attended. When I first met Frances, one of her volunteer duties she had was every Friday she would work with a group that assembled and provided "back pack lunches" to a local elementary school so that no child would go hungry on the weekends when school was not in session. It is important to Frances and her family that these school children have food all the time. As you can see, Frances is devoted to several area organizations that provides to those in need. Children are her passion, as is helping the sick here at our hospital.