Dr. Norwood, center, poses with his recognition plaque. Left, Sharon Hayes, Bayonet Point CEO, Dr. Norwood, Theresa S. Radeker, Trauma Program Director.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently announced Scott Norwood, MD, was recognized as this year's Frist Physician Humanitarian Award winner. In making the announcement, Bayonet Point CEO Sharon Hayes said, "HCA has a long tradition of recognizing those who embody the values and spirit of our culture. We celebrate and commend individuals for their achievements and contributions to their communities and our organization."

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities.

Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., the Frist Humanitarian Award is the most prestigious honor and longest standing tradition within the HCA system. Dr. Frist was often heard saying, "Good people beget good people" about the quality of personnel that are associated with HCA. The Frist Award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

It is the highest honor HCA bestows on its most important resources, the physicians, employees, and volunteers.

A Frist award nominee is someone who has demonstrated remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients, and who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to community service above and beyond expectations.

The nominee is judged on 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 physician receives a donation of $500 to the charity of his/her choice. He also receives a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a beautiful large dish garden, and his picture on the display at the front entrance of the hospital.

Dr. Norwood was nominated for distinguishing himself as a true, authentic humanitarian through a lifetime of saving lives and alleviating suffering. In the trauma center he has a reputation for compassion and ever-improving care of the patients. He is known for his basic human respect and dignity and leading and showing this by example to all those around him.

Some of Dr. Norwood's accomplishments are:

  • Florida Medical Reserve Corps, Member
  • Member, Advisory Board, LifeLink of Florida
  • Pasco County Delegate to the Florida Medical Association
  • Organ procurement/donor committee
  • Regional Advisory council, Trauma Service Area G, State of Texas, Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him on January 27, 2017.