Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare proudly recognized four team members from physician, employee and volunteer categories earlier this month as the healthcare system’s 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients. The Frist Humanitarian Awards recognize employees, physicians and volunteers of hospitals across the country affiliated with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their communities. Presented annually, these awards recognize the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.

Las Palmas Medical Center recognized Rabin Nouranifar, M.D., in the physician category; and Patricia Contreras, R.N., director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in the employee category.

Dr. Nouranifar, a radiologist at Las Palmas Medical Center, consistently demonstrates his dedication to serving others and is described by his colleagues as approachable, honest and humble. In addition to his patient work, he also volunteers in the El Paso community by providing weekly medical assistance to the underserved through a local church.

Contreras goes above and beyond every day to ensure that her patients in the ICU receive exceptional care. She volunteers at the Houchen Community Center in the Segundo Barrio where she has worked to raise funds for the center’s soup kitchen, as well as assemble and deliver food bags for those in need. Contreras also plans to begin mentoring at the center.

Del Sol Medical Center recognized Carol Moreno in the employee category and Elvira Hernandez in the volunteer category.

Moreno has been with Del Sol Medical Center for 17 years and currently serves as a senior human resources generalist. She shows compassion and concern towards every Del Sol Medical Center employee daily, making the well being of her employees a top priority. She is an active member of her church, the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and was the first chapter president of the Texas Master Naturalists in El Paso County. Additionally, Moreno oversees the Hope Fund at Del Sol Medical Center, which helps HCA employees and their immediate families who are affected by financial hardships.

Elvira Hernandez volunteers more than 90 hours per month at Del Sol Medical Center, splitting time between the volunteer station and the gift shop. Physicians, patients and family members who interact with her appreciate her outgoing personality, caring nature and focus she brings to each shift. She is also active in her church community.

The dedication and generosity of each winner embodies the characteristics and values of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare. These four winners will be nominated for the HCA Central and West Texas Division Award. The division winners will then be nominated for HCA’s National Frist Humanitarian Award, which is part of HCA’s Awards of Distinction.