Lakeview Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that the Frist Humanitarian Awards have been presented to three deserving recipients for their contributions to the Lakeview Regional community in 2011. This year, Beth Cox was honored as the Employee Humanitarian Award Winner, Dr. Surendra Purohit received the nod for Physician Humanitarian Award Winner, and Jean Schulz was recognized as the Volunteer Humanitarian Award Winner. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee, one physician and one volunteer 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.

Beth Cox, RN is employed in the Lakeview Emergency Department, where she works as a staff RN, and also performs Quality reviews.   As an RN in the ED she consistently demonstrates a high level of self-sacrifice for patients and their families, co-workers and others in the community. Beth plays an active role in the education of the nursing staff, is an accredited Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner, a Sudden Impact Instructor, an Emergency Nurse Association Trauma Nursing Core Course Director, and a staunch fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has been described by her peers as someone who never ceases to amaze them with regard to her work ethic, compassion, efficiency, friendliness and positive attitude.

Dr. Surendra Purohit, Surgeon on staff at Lakeview, has served this community for more than 30 years.  Dr. Purohit has been Chief of the Medical Staff Organization at Lakeview and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Association of Physicians of Indian Decent, an organization that operates free clinics in India, as well as Houston, Chicago and Atlanta. He also served on the Medical Advisory Board for Governor Jindal. Dr. Purohit’s colleagues note that patient care is always his top priority, and his commitment to the overall well-being of others is paramount in his professional life. 

Jean Schultz began volunteering at Lakeview Regional Medical Center with her husband Jerry in 2004. She can be found each Monday morning bringing sunshine and comfort to patients and their families with the Comfort Cart (formerly known as the Sunshine Cart).  Jean consistently demonstrates her selfless commitment and passion for helping patients at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, while helping within the St. Tammany Parish community, through her active participation in her church and other charitable organizations.  

“I am honored to have the commitment and dedication of such extraordinary people within our Lakeview Regional community,” state Jason Cobb, Chief Executive Officer. “Their spirit of giving is an inspiration to all of our employees and volunteers, and their dedication and generosity serve as a living example of HCA’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”