Medical Center of Trinity announced that Lizette Otero, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of Nursing for Progressive Care Unit/Cardiovascular Care Unit, was recently presented with the Frist Humanitarian Employee Award.

Ms. Otero has served at Medical Center of Trinity for over a decade and has proven to be an invaluable member of the hospital team. Her nomination states that what truly separates Lizette from others is her dedication to serving those not only in the community but on a global level. Ms. Otero has been a member of the Women’s Orthopedic Global Outreach (WOGO) for the last four years. This team of amazing individuals is dedicated to transforming lives in underserved global communities by reducing the chronic burden of arthritis and disability through total joint reconstruction. They provide free life-altering orthopedic surgery that eliminates debilitating arthritis and restores disabled joints so that women can reclaim the ability to care for themselves, their families, and their communities. They train in-country surgeons and other healthcare professionals and specialized orthopedic skills and technology so they can improve the health of their patients.

Ms. Otero uses her vacation time for these medical trips. She has a reputation as someone who is dedicated to improving the lives of others, which is evident when she speaks about her mission trips. This dedication is also reflected in her daily work. Her colleagues state that, “Lizette has a huge heart; everyone who knows her is touched by her kindness, compassion, and spirit.”

Created in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer service. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr. – founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian – the award recognizes individuals whose dedication and care-giving epitomize the highest standard of quality and personal commitment. Each nominee for the award is judged in the following four categories:

  • Level of commitment to the facility and patient care
  • Level of commitment to the community
  • Having a positive effect on others
  • Dependability, consistency and people oriented

“For more than 45 years we have celebrated and commended individuals for their achievements and contributions to their communities and to our organizations through the Frist Humanitarian Awards,” said Leigh Massengill, CEO of Medical Center of Trinity.