What does the Frist Humanitarian Award mean?
Ross White, surgical first assistant and surgical technologist at the TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center, was the recipient of the TriStar Division Frist Humanitarian Award, the oldest award in HCA history recognizing the highest achievement in serving others.
The Frist Humanitarian Award is given in recognition of the philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA, and Ross considers it an honor to be recognized as someone who lives like Dr. Frist.
“I am the type of person that tends to put others before myself,” said Ross. “Whether that is in my professional or personal life, I just try to be a good person and treat people how they want to be treated.”
Ross upholds to the hospital mission of above all else, being committed to the care and improvement of human life not only at work, but in his spare time as well.
Serving patients overseas
Ross saves his paid time off to go on medical mission trips to underserved countries with a non-profit organization called Heart Care International. Heart Care International partners with international hospitals and staff to perform advance procedures. The humanitarian trips allow volunteers to educate the hospital and provide them with the resources to get programs started to perform the procedures on their own.
Ross and 45 people from all over the U.S. travel to perform surgeries for children with congenital heart defects.
The biggest difference in healthcare Ross has noticed overseas is limited supplies and funds to perform procedures in the pediatric population.
Through donations and volunteering, Ross has been fortunate to travel to Peru twice, Mexico twice and El Salvador.
“If it wasn’t for TriStar Centennial, I wouldn’t be afforded this opportunity,” said Ross. “The hospital hired me right out of surgical technology school. I have been in cardiac surgery the past six years and this career path is where I am supposed to be.”