Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is particularly proud to announce that two of its volunteers have recently been the proud recipients of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. The award comes from the office of the President of the United States. It was instituted to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of volunteers and volunteering throughout the nation. The recipients receive the "President's Call to Service Award Certificate," an order of congratulations from President Obama, and a beautiful pin commemorating this event. In order to receive the award an individual must have volunteered for a minimum of 15 years and logged in over 7,500 hours of service.

Bill Baker began volunteering at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point almost 16 years ago and has accumulated 19,425 hours of service. Bill volunteers at the hospital on Friday mornings as a courier dispatcher and Saturday afternoons at the hospital's Welcome Door A. Bill has a reputation as one who is always willing to take an extra shift and is totally dedicated to his assignments. He is a recipient of Bayonet Point's One Star and Five Star awards for going above and beyond. He is known to be very friendly and considerate to all and is well liked by fellow volunteers as well as teen volunteers. Bill has spearheaded collecting aluminum pull tabs from canned soft drinks and after about one year turned over SEVEN 35 pound pull tab cans. That is 235 pounds of pull tabs - to the Shriner's Hospital for Children on behalf of RMCBP. These donations make it possible for the patients' transportation fund to continue transporting Shrine patients to out of state Shriner's hospital.

James Brannon volunteered over 15 years ago and has accumulated over 8,950 hours of service. Jim volunteers two days a week as a clergy volunteer. Over the years he has volunteered at RMCBP as much as five days a week, but also shares volunteer commitment with an HCA sister hospital, Medical Center of Trinity. He does this while also serving as pastor of his church. Jim actually began all of this "after retirement." Pastor Brannon has a reputation for his kindness and compassion and sensitivity to those in need. He seeks to help others in their spiritual journey, connecting people in their faith through words of comfort and encouragement. He was also the recipient of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award in 2001, for his dedication to helping and reaching out in our community.

ATTACHED PHOTO: James Brannon, left, and Bill Baker, right, each pose with their Presidential Lifetime Award. The award was presented on Friday, April 1, at the volunteer general meeting at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center on the campus of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.