Frist Award winners demonstrate extraordinary concern for their community

Medical City McKinney announced Erik Axene, MD, Brenda Cannedy, RN, and Suzanne Tucker as the recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award, the hospital’s highest employee and volunteer award.


The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize a physician, employee and volunteer at each HCA Healthcare-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 Healthcare, the parent company of Medical City Healthcare.


Erik Axene, MD, is an emergency medicine physician who has positively influenced the emergency department staff and his patients with his calm, compassionate presence. He volunteers many hours each year teaching continuing education courses to first responders and providing community talks to churches, schools and retirement centers on health topics such as influenza prevention and fall prevention.  


Brenda Cannedy, RN, is a highly respected emergency department nurse known to bring calm in the fast-paced emergency room setting and with patients and their families. Outside the hospital, she is committed to raising awareness for the homeless and mental health and volunteers at a local homeless shelter by providing meals and companionship. Cannedy also helps coordinate supplies and aid for medical missions for Mission Regan, a local non-profit.


Suzanne Tucker is a member of the Medical City McKinney Volunteer Auxiliary and averages 300 volunteer hours a year. She serves as the Sunshine Chair, taking a courtesy cart around the hospital to benefit patients and visitors, and ensuring all volunteers receive personalized recognition. Tucker helped create Tree of Life Ministries International, she teaches at biblical conferences around the globe, and is president of the North Texas Area of Aglow International, an interdenominational Christian ministry serving 57 North Texas counties.


Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke center, a stroke rehabilitation center and the Joint Commission accredited total hip and total knee replacement center. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.