Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital honored its 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients in special ceremonies this week. 

At Regional Medical Center, Dr. James Noriega, podiatric surgeon, was honored as the physician recipient and Jonathan Battin, RN, received the employee award. Sherry Devall, registered respiratory therapist in Cardiopulmonary, received the Women’s & Children’s Hospital employee award.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize an employee, physician and volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA, the parent company for Regional Medical Center and Women’s & Children’s Hospital. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company’s Nashville, Tenn., headquarters.

Dr. Noriega, affiliated with Regional for 15 years, is well-regarded by Regional Medical Center staff for his giving spirit, and enthusiasm to always do more for them and for the patients than is expected. He joins in fundraising contests, facility activities and even surprises staff with dinner during challenging times. Locally he volunteers on a regular rotation as a physician at the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic. This facility provides free quality healthcare to the working uninsured in our area. 

Battin received the Regional Medical Center employee award for his selfless, giving spirit. Whether it be participating in or coordinating a food drive, or cooking for a fund raiser or community event, Battin is always anxious to contribute. Battin provides meals to lift an employee’s spirits during health struggles, consoles families with food when a loved one is lost and he gave personal vacation time to an employee for what was thought would be her last visit with her ill brother. 

Like, Battin, Devall received the Women’s & Children’s Hospital employee award for her selfless efforts at both work and in her community. The self-appointed “birthday cake maker” for her coworkers, Devall puts special effort into every C-section she participates in, treating it like a birthday celebration. She takes pictures for the families and helps the father or significant other become as involved as possible. 

Moreover, the mother of four and grandmother of 20 received the award for her efforts in support of disadvantaged children in her hometown of Jennings. A member of New Hope Baptist Church, Devall connects with children from broken homes, provides Bible study, drives many to church services, cooks meals for them, gives them attention and ensures they receive Christmas gifts each year.