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BPW awards Oak Hill as employer of the year

Special to Hernando Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:13 PM

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Oak Hill Hospital announces that it is a proud recipient of this year's Hernando County Business & Professional Women's Employer of the Year Award.

On Oct. 23, the award was presented to Sonia Gonzalez, COO during the Hernando County BPW's National Businesswomen's Week Celebration.

Oak Hill Hospital was nominated because it has earned a reputation for "giving back" as a cornerstone of its corporate culture. Oak Hill Hospital's board of directors, administrators, associates and volunteers have supported countless programs in the arts, youth, elderly, economic development and healthcare.

Those associated with Oak Hill Hospital embrace the belief that providing the tools, talent, time and commitment to helping others is something everyone at Oak Hill Hospital can feel good about, and have provided them for hundreds of charitable organizations (including more than 60 in the past two years alone). Officers, department directors and managers have held or hold leadership positions in the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, HCA Hope Fund, United Way, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Florida Blood Services, HPH Hospice, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, Tampa Bay Partnership, Leadership Hernando and Citrus, and many additional organizations.

Associates and hospital volunteers have given more than 200 pints of blood a year for 12 years – a gift of life for approximately 7,500 patients.

Oak Hill Hospital's H2U Partner's Club has invested over $1.6 million over the past 10 years in innovative programs and outreach for seniors, which have opened up partnership opportunities with the county in the areas of service such as Meals on Wheels and the provision of congregate meals.

Oak Hill Hospital team members have consistently raised between $10-15,000 year after year for the American Heart Association and between $15-20,000 a year for the American Cancer Society by participating in walks, holding bake and other sales, and through cash contributions and online donations.

In honoring Oak Hill Hospital, Hernando County's BPW cited these and other reasons for being this year's recipient.

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