Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Pino presents 2016 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award to Dr. Christine Behan. Left to right: Dr. Pino, Dr. Behan, and Shayne George, CEO, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that Christine Behan, MD, is this year’s recipient of its Physician Frist Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Behan has served in the community as a primary care physician for over 20 years. During that time and through to the present she has earned a reputation for treating her patients with compassion and respect. In presenting the award, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Pino stated that, "She provides a very high level of medical care to those who have entrusted their lives to her. She does not take her role as a physician lightly and constantly strives to stay current and abreast of the latest medical treatments, breakthroughs, and technologies."

Dr. Behan has also earned a reputation for demonstrating concern for the health and wellbeing of her own fellow physicians. She has used her platform as Chief of Staff to address physician health issues such as burnout and depression. Through her efforts the medical staff at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point now has policies in place to deal with these issues should the need arise.

Also as Chief of Staff, Dr. Behan showed that she possessed the unique ability to sit down with physicians of differing views and lead discussions that were pertinent to the issues at hand that usually resulted in a consensus resolution of the problem. Her calm demeanor and rational thought process are persuasive," added Dr. Pino.

Dr. Behan also served as president of the Pasco County Medical Society. She continues to be committed to the ongoing success of the Good Samaritan Clinic that serves the medically needy of the county.

During the four years that Dr. Behan presided over the medical staff, contributions were made to the following organizations and causes: The Good Samaritan Clinic, CARES, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired, American Cancer Society, hospital related functions such as Nurses’ Week, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Chaplain’s Fund for the Needy. These donations totaled $73,471.

Created in 1971 the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. – founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian – this award recognizes individuals whose dedication and care-giving epitomize the highest standard of quality and personal commitment. Each nominee for the award is judged in the following four categories:

  • Level of commitment to the facility and patient care
  • Level of commitment to the community
  • Having a positive effect on others
  • Dependability, consistency and people oriented

The Frist Humanitarian Award physician receives a donation of $500 to the charity of her choice. Each Frist winner receives a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a beautiful large dish garden, their picture on display at the front entrance and a copy of the book The Life & Legacy of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., along with a personal letter signed by Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.