Englewood, CO, March 22, 2019 — Last week, Swedish Medical Center honored a physician, an employee and a volunteer as the hospital’s 2018 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients. The 2018 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients at Swedish Medical Center are emergency physician, Dr. Donald Stader, occupational therapist, Scott Midavaine, and volunteer, Edith Worth.
The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals associated with HCA Healthcare for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Nominees are those who demonstrate remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and have performed extraordinary acts of kindness, thereby contributing to the improvement of patient relations, not necessarily in the area of direct patient care. Nominees must also demonstrate a level of commitment to community service beyond the daily operation of the hospital and their contributions may be overshadowed due to personal modesty and genuine humility.
Dr. Donald Stader is the associate medical director of emergency services at Swedish Medical Center. In addition to his daily work, Dr. Stader is recognized nationally for his work to reduce opioid administration in the emergency room. Dr. Stader led, in collaboration with the Colorado Hospital Association, ten hospitals across Colorado, in a six-month pilot establishing alternative treatment guidelines for pain management in the emergency room. This groundbreaking pilot decreased opioid administration at Swedish Medical Center by 20 percent in the first three months and 36 percent across all ten hospitals. “We are extremely proud of the work led by Dr. Stader and his commitment to keeping our community, local and afar, safe,” said Richard Hammett, president and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “His ongoing work with hospitals both within and outside of HCA Healthcare reflects his ongoing commitment to the work of opioid dependency reduction.”
Scott Midavaine is an occupational therapist at Swedish Medical Center who models Swedish’s mission and values in his daily work and beyond. Scott’s commitment to Swedish’s community partnerships is inspirational. In the summer of 2018, Scott took his compassion and respect for people to the country of Bolivia where he and his daughter Anya partnered with the humanitarian Experience for Youth. Scott’s role was to help inspire a group of teens ages 16-19 during their two week stay in Bolivia.
“Over his tenure, Scott has grown to be a well-respected member of his team,” said Hammett. “Scott has represented Swedish and supported key division-wide initiatives, acting as an ambassador during the implementation of the ICARE Standards of Behavior program, a key component of our patient and employee experience. Scott exemplifies these standards both within and beyond the four walls of our hospital each and every day.”
Edith “Edee” Worth became a volunteer at Swedish Medical Center in June of 1986. Since then, Edee has logged over 23,000 hours as a volunteer chaplain in the pastoral care department. In addition to her volunteer services as chaplain, Edee is a victim’s advocate with the County of Arapahoe, a substitute pre-school teacher, and a Stephen Minister with her church. “Edee has the heart of a champion,” said Hammett. “Edee doesn’t do this work to seek attention or accolades. She is truly deserving of such an honor.”
Both Dr. Donald Stader and Edee Worth will represent HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Continental Division as finalists for the HCA Healthcare 2018 Frist Humanitarian Awards.
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA Healthcare’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.
With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.
Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.
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