Gainesville, FL – North Florida Medical Center (NFRMC) has announced that the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to the following:

  • Dr. Lucio Gordan, Physician Frist Award Recipient
  • Seema Kramer, Volunteer Frist Award Recipient
  • Jerrica Walden, Employee Frist Award Recipient

The Frist Humanitarian Award is in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of Hospital Corporation of America. The awards that bear his name were created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities and to recognize HCA employees and volunteers who perform their work in a spirit of love, with humility and understanding. Those who earn the awards at their respective HCA facilities are considered for the national First Humanitarian Award, the corporation’s highest honors.

“Our Frist Award recipients are an invaluable part of our healthcare family,” said Ward Boston, President & CEO. “They are living examples of patient-centered care and of going above and beyond for their community. They make our hospital and our community a better place.”

Dr. Lucio Gordan, 2013 Physician Frist Award Recipient

Dr. Lucio Gordan, a medical oncologist/hematologist, has been a member of the medical staff at North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) for 17 years, helping and healing oncology patients. Dr. Gordan is Co-Director of Medical Information Technology and Integrated Clinical Services and serves as an Executive Board member of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. Since 2005, he served as Medical Oncology Services Clinical Director at NFRMC; from 2010-2011, he was Secretary Treasurer and Executive Officer IRB at NFRMC, where his commitment to service and to his patients in the community is outstanding. Dr. Gordan is also on the executive board of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) and serves on the Information Technology Board for Community Oncology Alliance (COA). He is active in clinical research and has received numerous awards for his work, as well as being published in such prestigious journals as Oncologist, Leukemia & Lymphoma, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Gordan provides sponsorship for the academic studies of approximately 30 children through Compassion International worldwide, and is a strong supporter of several charitable organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theater and the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. Dr. Gordan provides leadership for Run Amuck with a Duck, an annual event that raises funds for research into advanced-stage lung cancer through the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Seema Kramer, 2013 Volunteer Frist Award Recipient

During her 3 years as a volunteer at NFRMC, Seema Kramer has shown she is a remarkably kind and generous person who consistently exhibits a caring and serving attitude. She constantly puts the concerns and needs of others before her own. She is a former radiographer, and her previous experience and expertise is a tremendous asset in the Radiology Department, where she volunteers. Elsewhere in our community, Seema works with her neighborhood’s security watch and brings to them her experience as a former police officer. She also stays involved with her community by participating in local Adopt-A-Street activities and volunteers at her local voting precinct.

More About Jerrica Walden

Jerrica Walden has been part of the North Florida family for 9 years. She is a top performer in the hospital and also demonstrates the qualities each day that reflect the meaning behind the Frist Humanitarian Award. Her genuine kindness and caring for all individuals in the hospital and in the community is unparalleled. Jerrica is involved in many aspects of patient care in the hospital and is a mainspring supporting its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She provides continued support for NICU families by helping with programs such as Family First and Early Steps. In the community, Jerrica supports missionary trips to Haiti. She also supports the NFRMC community Stroke Support Group, is an active participant with the March of Dimes and has served as an ambassador with the organization. Jerrica is also involved with activities that support the United Way, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Lucio Gordan, Seema Kramer and Jerrica Walden will be among those considered for National Frist Humanitarian Awards, which will be announced by HCA in the spring.