February 25, 2019
West Hills, CA — West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has announced the recipients of the prestigious HCA Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor bestowed upon employees, physicians and volunteers. As part of HCA Healthcare, West Hills Hospital is proud to recognize the extraordinary work and dedication of its colleagues.
West Hills Hospital's employee award recipient is Elaine Rojas, RN, an educator at Grossman Burn Center. Rojas has worked with burn patients since 1979. She is a highly skilled burn nurse and educator, and she is one of the pioneers of burn survivor support.
The hospital's volunteer award recipient is Joleen "Pepi" Brannon. Brannon is a very compassionate and helpful volunteer with a positive attitude and willingness to help. She has volunteered more than 2,000 hours in the past three years.
West Hills Hospital's physician award recipient is Peter Grossman, MD. Grossman is the medical director of the Grossman Burn Center and dedicates his time to providing cosmetic and reconstruction surgeries for burn injuries as well as burn prevention education in the United States and around the world.
"We are driven by a single mission: the care and improvement of human life," said Mark Miller, president and CEO of West Hills Hospital. "This mission drives our dedication to delivering exceptional, patient-focused care and our commitment to recognizing the people who help us do this every day. We are pleased to honor Elaine, Pepi and Dr. Grossman with the HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards for their efforts in serving our patients and our community. Their exemplary work and compassion sets a high standard for health care professionals all over the nation."
These caring and talented individuals will be considered for HCA Healthcare's division-level awards. The division-level winners are entered into the judging for the national-level awards, which are presented during a special ceremony at the HCA Healthcare headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
About The HCA Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award
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.