The Medical Center of Aurora Announces HCA Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Medical Center of Aurora Announces HCA Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients
Aurora, CO, April 30, 2019 --( HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) honored an employee, a physician and a volunteer as the hospital’s 2019 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients. The recipients are Dr. Asif Husain, Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology Associates, Kimberly Sexton, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner at Colorado Chiari Institute at TMCA, and Cecil Walkinshaw, a TMCA Volunteer.

HCA Healthcare created the Frist Humanitarian Award in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals associated with HCA Healthcare for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Nominees are those who demonstrate remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and have performed extraordinary acts of kindness, thereby contributing to the improvement of patient relations, not necessarily in the area of direct patient care. Nominees must also demonstrate a level of commitment to community service beyond the daily operation of the hospital and their contributions may be overshadowed due to personal modesty and genuine humility.

Dr. Asif Husain is a physician with Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology who has been on TMCA’s medical staff for 15 years. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and sits on the facility’s Medical Executive Committee, helping to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible.

Outside of work, Dr. Husain is a Lieutenant Colonel and Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force National Guard. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017 and the Colorado Air National Guard asked for volunteers, Dr./Lt Col Husain left a family vacation and drove through the night to assist with the emergency relief and humanitarian effort, a testament to his dedication to serve.

Kimberly Sexton, FNP-BC, is TMCA’s employee recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award. Sexton has worked at TMCA since 2001, when she started as a nurse on the Ortho/Spine unit, and she is now the Nurse Practitioner overseeing patient care at the Colorado Chiari Institute at The Medical Center of Aurora.

The Chiari I malformation is a complex neurological disorder that leads to multiple neurological symptoms that significantly affect quality of life. There is a lack of awareness about the disorder and patients can suffer for many years before receiving a diagnosed. Sexton builds personal connections with her patients and provides care for what is a very complex disease. Sexton is passionate about the Chiari community and sought to raise awareness for patients suffering from the diagnosis. In 2018, she organized TMCA’s first annual Chiari Walk. The event was a tremendous success and raised over $10,000 for the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation.

The volunteer recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award is Cecil Walkinshaw. In 2016, Walkinshaw’s doctor encouraged him to walk more. A volunteer position to escort patients and visitors to their destinations in the hospital had just opened up. This began Walkinshaw’s volunteering at TMCA where he volunteers for more than 1,300 hours per year and logs thousands of steps each week.

Walkinshaw found his calling in connecting with patients, visitors and staff. Whether through a Hershey kiss on Valentine’s Day or giving a candy cane during the Christmas season, he creates a thoughtful and caring experience for each person with whom he comes in contact.

“Our recipients each exemplify who we are at The Medical Center of Aurora,” says Ryan Simpson, President and CEO at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “They give of themselves without question and are truly passionate about the work that they do, and the patients and families they care for. Each of them embody our I CARE values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence and I am very proud to have people such as this representing our hospital, both inside and outside of our organization.”

About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is a 346-bed acute care hospital located in Aurora, Colorado. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of five campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Centennial Medical Plaza, Saddle Rock ER, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Spalding Rehabilitation at P/SL, and a medical office building at Green Valley Ranch. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, and has an affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children as well as the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. The Medical Center of Aurora received ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group (Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018), was Colorado’s only hospital to receive the Leapfrog Top General Hospital designation two years in a row (2016, 2017), and was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015, 2017-2018, 2018-2019). The Medical Center of Aurora is proud to be a part of the HealthONE system of hospitals that earned the ranking as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the Denver metro area and was the only hospital system ranked in the top 10. HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2018 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations. Learn more at
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Laura Stephens