Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida - On January 5, 2016, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point honored Keith Cotter, Lead Exercise Physiologist, as its Employee of the Month for November. In naming Mr. Cotter, CEO Shayne George, praised him as a "valuable member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team." Mr. George gave an example of how Keith Cotter goes above and beyond for patients. He told the story of how a fire alarm recently went off in the medical office building. Keith assisted a patient from an office, who was legally blind and using a walking cane, to safely evacuate the building. One of Keith's coworkers stated that "the patient would not have been safely able to walk down the stairs" without Keith's quick thinking and assistance. Keith used the evacuation chair and safely got the patient down the stairs.

Keith Cotter is always willing to help and go the extra mile for both his coworkers and his patients. He has a reputation for kindness, generosity, and always having a smile on his face. He truly cares about the well-being of his patients and that was particularly reflected in his actions during the evacuation of the medical office building.

As Employee of the Month, Keith Cotter receives an Employee of the Month pin, a selected blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for his colleagues, and a coveted front row parking spot of his choosing for one month, and a $50 gift card.

In addition, Keith receives a "You Make a Difference" starfish key chain personifying a well-known story of the young man and the starfish.

Each Employee of the Month is also placed in nomination for RMCBP's Employee of the Year.

PHOTO: Keith Cotter poses with his certificate, his department director and members of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's leadership team. Left to right are: Shalin Shah(COO), Tom Lawhorne (CFO), Keith Cotter - Exercise Physiologist Lead (Employee of the Month), Carol Corder (Director Radiology), Dajana Yoakley (Assoc Admin/Ethics & Compliance), Geoff Washburn (Director Human Resources), and Tanya Simpson (CNO).