Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida - Janet has been a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet for over 15 years. She has a reputation for thinking of her patients first and providing outstanding service, with great skill and a ready smile. She accepts many responsibilities including leading the Art Group on a shoestring budget and diplomatically working with volunteers, food service staff and a schedule that must be planned a year ahead. Janet actually begins her day at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at 7 am - never complaining about personal circumstances, to create beauty for strangers. Never knowing who might benefit from her talents her motto is "create beauty, always do the very best, recycle materials, be ready with new ideas, boxed, counted…and on time."

Jan began her volunteer career over 50 years ago in northern New Jersey in her children's elementary, middle and high schools. From these earliest days her focus has been the unmet needs of at risk children, and the needy. She has a long history of contributing to the welfare of the community, with special concerns with those in need of financial and emotional support.

In addition to her work at RMCBP the following is a historical summary of Jan's community service, spanning over 50 years:

  • "Sons of Norway" - Past president and director of charity events to raise money for Metropolitan Ministry, Holy Ground, Hospice, and Migrant Workers
  • "Senior's in the Park" program - organized games and events in Hernando County Parks
  • "Adapt a School" program - Deltona Elementary School Library Assistant and Chocachatti Elementary School Arts and Crafts Instructor
  • "Holy Cross Church" - Pre-school crafts and holiday gifts instructor
  • Up north in Scotch Plains, New Jersey - Jan served as chairperson for the "Resolve" program, which provides assistance to disabled children. She coordinated many charity events to raise money for needy students.
  • Local New Jersey middle and high schools - served as PTA president and treasurer and provided for sports awards

"Jan Link has served a lifetime providing service to her community, for it is her quest to assist others and to enhance their well-being," said Geoff Washburn, Vice President of Human Resources.

Jan Link was chosen from five nominees. In addition to her, the nominees were:

  • Bob Hazelwood
  • Vera Lorenzi
  • William "Bill" McKeon
  • Karen Mordenti

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

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Frist Volunteer of the Year recipient receives $250, a Frist Humanitarian lapel pin, a plaque, a front row parking spot or pass in the physician's parking lot for one full year, a beautiful large dish garden, and her picture on display at the front entrance. As the hospital award winner, Jan will go on to compete for the 2015 national Frist Humanitarian Award.

"A Frist award nominee is someone who has demonstrated remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of others and who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to community service above and beyond expectations," said Geoff Washburn. "For more than 40 years we have celebrated and commended individuals for their achievements and contributions to their community and to our organization through the Frist Humanitarian Award," he added.

Photo: Jan Link, Frist Humanitarian Award winner