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Oak Hill Hospital announces 2010 Frist Humanitarian award winners

Courtesy of Oak Hill Hospital
Published:   |   Updated: May 9, 2013 at 08:37 PM

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Oak Hill Hospital has announced that its 2010 Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to the following: Frist Humanitarian Associate Award presented to Theresa Eatough, Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award presented to Ellen Niemann, and Frist Humanitarian Physician Award presented to Lyle Breeding, MD.

The Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. - founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian - this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care-giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Three awards are given annually to each HCA hospital. One recognizes an HCA associate who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities and their overall service to the community. Another recognizes an HCA volunteer who gives unselfishly in their service to the facility. A third award is announced for a physician who best epitomizes Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.'s commitment to the communities in which we serve.

Theresa Eatough, the 2010 associate recipient, is the Director of Patient Account Services. She is very active in her church where she is a youth leader and also directs the women's ministry. Theresa supports her community by participating in Blessings in a Backpack, Habitat for Humanity, and several other local service organizations. She has also supported school children in Roatan, Honduras by sending gifts to them after her daughter participated in a mission trip to their school.

Ellen Niemann, who was the volunteer recipient of the 2010 Frist Award is the Chairperson of Pastoral Services and has been in this role since 1998. However, Ellen has been serving Oak Hill Hospital since 1989. She is heavily involved in her church and is an ordained Deacon and Elder. She serves her church and its members in multiple ways including teaching bible studies and by acting as the chairperson of emergency needs. In this role, she helps people arrange transportation and shelter in case of an emergency such as a hurricane. She has also helped young women achieve scholarships and loans for continuing education through her involvement in P.E.O International (Philanthropic Education Organization).

Dr. Lyle Breeding received the 2010 Frist Award for the physician category. Dr. Breeding truly represents the very core of what the Frist Humanitarian Award is about. He genuinely displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond his day-to-day physician responsibilities. Even after many years in practice, Dr. Breeding still has the gift of compassion for his patients and he continues to treat them like they are his own family. Dr. Breeding's caring nature doesn't stop with his patients; he genuinely cares for his office staff in addition to the many associates he works with at Oak Hill Hospital. When asked to sum up his feelings of his role as a physician and surgeon, he simply says "taking care of people is my priority."

The hospital award winners go on to compete for the 2010 National Frist Award. If selected as a national Frist Award winner, they and a guest will be invited to Nashville in May where they will attend a reception in their honor by Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., and other HCA leadership. They will also receive a bronze statue, a $5,000 gift to the charity of their choice and a $5,000 cash gift. The physician recipient will receive a $10,000 gift to a charity of his/her choice and a bronze statue.

About Oak Hill Hospital:

Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (230 acute care beds), is the area's largest private employer, and offers Hernando County's only comprehensive heart program including open heart surgery.

Approximately 300 physicians, 1,000 associates, and over 375 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital's healthcare delivery team.

Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:

First Chest Pain Center with PCI (heart catheterization) in Hernando County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

First and Only advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando County to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission.

First comprehensive Women's Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.

First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

First hospital in the region to achieve Heart Failure accreditation with the Society of Chest Pain Centers. And now...

First hospital in the region to offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Institute.

It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or In Citrus call 352-628-6441.

For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at

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