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ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg General Hospital honored three deserving people on April 30.

Volunteer Terry Budniak, employee Gigi Laursen, R.N., and physician David A. LeVine, M.D. received the highest award given by HCA, the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award.

The annual awards were given out at a hospital-wide presentation. The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

The volunteer award recognizes a volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within the facilities and people in the community. The employee award recognizes an employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community. The physician award honors a physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond his/her day-to-day clinical responsibilities.

Budniak, the Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award recipient, has been an exceptional part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Auxiliary for the past three years. She has volunteered over 700 hours of service to us. Budniak has a positive and caring attitude and encourages others to do the same. She is always willing to assist where needed, with a kind smile and a helping hand. Budniak also sits with patients and provides them with comfort and support.

Laursen R.N., BSN, MSN, CCRN, NE-BC ICU Director, the Employee Frist Humanitarian Award recipient, has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 1985. She is an inspiring person who takes the mission and vision of St. Petersburg General Hospital to heart. Laursen is highly focused on the patient experience and the well-being of her staff and patients alike. Her community involvement is deeply rooted with her church, Park Place Wesleyan. She is a member of the church choir and a Sunday school teacher.

LeVine, M.D., the Physician Frist Humanitarian Award recipient, has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 1990. He graduated medical school from the University of Miami School Of Medicine in 1986. LeVine consistently exhibits the qualities of caring and kindness both for his patients and the community. For approximately 15 years, he has volunteered at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and for six years he volunteered as a Camp Physician at Ramah Darom summer camp in Georgia.
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