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 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.
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.