Local HCA Hospitals Honored By School District

Anthony Terranova, executive resident at JFK Hospital; School Board Chair Karen Brill; Narupa Baldeosingh, communications director at JFK North Hospital; Kathryn Walton, communications director at JFK Hospital; Superintendent Mike Burke; Jason Kimbrell, CEO at Palms West Hospital; Celina Holson, COO at JFK North Hospital; School Board Member Marcia Andrews; Ellice Martinez, assistant vice president of community engagement for HCA Healthcare East Florida Division; and Julie Houston Trieste, communications director at Palms West Hospital.

HCA Florida Healthcare has been honored by the School District of Palm Beach County as a finalist for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards and the winner of the district’s inaugural Business Partner Pacesetter Award.

HCA Florida was recognized by the school district for its “steadfast support of the district” over the past three years, including the sponsorship of the district’s Thank a Teacher program, which recognizes an outstanding teacher each week and provides a $250 cash award. HCA Florida has also donated $20,000 to 12 district high schools and middle schools to fund activities for student enrichment or incentives to recognize staff. Corporate leaders and HCA employees from HCA Florida JFK Hospital, HCA Florida Palms West Hospital and HCA Florida JFK North Hospital have also attended career fairs, literacy events and campus beautifications.

HCA Florida has donated resources and supplies to multiple high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, including books, school supplies, fresh fruit and snacks, and supplies for sporting events and concession stands. 

Through a vendor partnership, HCA facilitated the donations of three ultrasound machines for students and staff in the medical programs at Royal Palm Beach and John I. Leonard high schools and the West Technical Education Center, and HCA professional medical staff have spent countless hours interacting with medical academy students.

According to the Florida Department of Education, the Commissioners Business Recognition Awards recognize “businesses throughout Florida for their innovative partnerships and exemplary support of public education.” The state winners will be announced in late May.

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