Eastside Medical Center June 28, 2019

Snellville, GA  –  Eastside Medical Center is proud to announce that Charla Summers, volunteer at Eastside Medical Center, has been named the HCA Healthcare national recipient of the Frist Humanitarian – Volunteer Award.  The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., co-founder of HCA Healthcare.  The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction are the highest honors bestowed upon employees, physicians, and volunteers.

Charla Summers received the Eastside Frist Humanitarian – Volunteer Award in February. After the local awards selection, Charla was named the division-level recipient. As the division-level recipient, Charla moved on for consideration in the national-level awards.

Charla’s spirit is described as infectious and inspiring. A retired Language Arts teacher, she serves her community in countless ways. As a volunteer at Eastside Medical Center for over 7 years, she has been an integral part of the hospital’s volunteer program serving as VP of Recruitment, Secretary, the VolunTeen Program Coordinator, President Elect of Auxiliary Services, Women’s Services Chair, New Hire Tour Coordinator, and a trusted member of Eastside’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Charla also leads Eastside Medical Center’s Cuddle Club, giving Eastside’s NICU babies the extra cuddles they need to be happy and healthy.

Extending her volunteerism beyond the walls of Eastside, Charla has served on the Council of Volunteer Services at the state level in addition to serving as the state board’s historian and Award Chairperson. Charla also volunteers each year with the PGA Tour. In 2018, Charla organized a local golf tournament to raise money for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses.

Charla and her sons are survivors of domestic abuse and understands that the horrific experience of domestic abuse can happen to anyone. This knowledge, along with her own personal experience, led Charla to volunteering at a crisis intervention center as a hotline operator. In addition, Charla also volunteered at an abused women’s shelter. Charla has led support groups for children of abusive parents and drug and alcohol addiction support groups. Charla’s compassion, and endless hours of volunteering, has enriched the lives of countless members of her community.

“Volunteerism emboldens the human spirit and is vital to the health and success of our community,” said Trent Lind, Chief Executive Officer at Eastside Medical Center. “Charla truly understands the value of giving back to those who need it most. Much like Dr. Frist, Charla is a servant of the community and her volunteerism has changed and enriched countless lives. We are honored to know and work alongside Charla at Eastside Medical Center.”

Charla received the national Frist Humanitarian – Volunteer Award on Friday, June 21, during a special ceremony at the HCA Healthcare headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

About the HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction

Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA Healthcare. The Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes one employee, one physician and one volunteer from each HCA Healthcare facility.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate nurses are at the front line of patient care every day. The HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award was created in 2014 to recognize the intrinsic value of the nursing practice in accomplishing our mission of providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. The award recognizes HCA Healthcare nurses who excel in the categories of compassionate care and professional mentoring.

HCA Healthcare was created through the vision of founders, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., Jack Massey and Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr., and more than 45 years later, the company continues to invent and develop systems to advance health and patient care, in large part due to ideas from employees. The HCA Healthcare Innovators Award, established in 2010, continues the tradition of recognizing innovative thinkers with ideas that improve patient quality, service or the financial impact of operations.

HCA Healthcare is the parent company of Eastside Medical Center.