Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) announced the recipients of 2012 Frist Humanitarian Award, its highest employee, volunteer and physician award.

This year’s recipients are Lonnette Smith, LVN, a nurse in Women’s & Children’s Services; Rick Vollmuth, a MCM Volunteer Auxiliary member; and Jerry Sims, MD, a retired MCM surgeon.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize an employee, volunteer and physician at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA.


Lonnette Smith

Lonnette Smith has been a licensed vocational nursery nurse at MCM since 1999 and is scheduled to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing later this year. She is an outstanding clinician who is frequently nominated by patients and staff alike for outstanding service to the babies, parents and co-workers.

Lonnette has been a strong support with the MCM bereavement group and participated in the “Walk of Remembrance.” She offers patients words of encouragement and has a gift of compassion that cannot be measured.

She volunteers at her son’s school and reaches out to people in need without regard to the sacrifice that it may involve for her personally.


Rick Vollmuth

After retiring from his position as the Vice President of Human Resources for a hospital in California, Rick Vollmuth moved to Fairview and promptly joined the MCM Auxiliary. He has logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours since joining in 2008.

He serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Emergency Department as well as serving on the Auxiliary’s Ways and Means Committee.

Vollmuth developed an outstanding training program for the volunteers in his department and has found ways to help the Emergency Department by scanning, organizing and stocking supplies.

He is well-known for his outstanding customer services and seems to know when a patient needs a warm blanket, or when a child could use a coloring book to help calm their fears.


Jerry Sims, MD

Dr. Jerry Sims joined the MCM medical staff in 1965 and has held a number of positions including Chief of Surgery, President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Staff. Even in retirement, Dr. Sims gives his time to a number of hospitals committees including the Quality Council and as a physician advisor for Case Management.

His leadership helped attract top notch physicians to MCM, and he helped set the values demonstrated each day by our physicians and staff. Dr. Sims has provided leadership to a number of civic organizations and was a fixture on the sidelines of McKinney High School football games for years, providing care to injured players and showing his support for the community.

He is known throughout the community for his extraordinary compassion, accountability, respectful communication skills, and commitment to excellence and dedication to service.


About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthen its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an advanced biplane catherization (Cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders. MCM was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality measure by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care quality. Visit