Ocala Health March 24, 2014

Kelli Potenza and Richard Wolf
Kelli Potenza and Richard Wolf
Winners of the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award

OCALA, FL, March 24, 2014 — Ocala Health has named Kelli Potenza and Richard Wolf winners of the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award. Potenza was recognized in the employee category; Wolf was named for the volunteer category. The Frist Humanitarian Award is awarded annually and is the highest honor an employee or volunteer can receive at HCA, the parent company of Ocala Health.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize individuals 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. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company's Nashville, Tenn., headquarters.

Kelli Potenza has worked for Ocala Health since 2001. Potenza currently serves as the Bariatric Clinical Coordinator at Ocala Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Christopher, are proud parents of four adopted special needs children. Potenza mentors children in the foster care system as well as at–risk teens at the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Her passion for adoption can be shown by her regular teaching of the Mode Approach to Partnerships and Parenting Class for the Youth and Family Alternatives Adoption Agency. Potenza also volunteers as a summer camp nurse, assists with children's bible study at church, and helps with a Christian–based sports program, Upward Sports. Potenza and her family volunteer together and deliver hot meals and blankets to the homeless. In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Potenza recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Ocala Health Volunteers
Ocala Health Volunteers

Richard “Dick” Wolf has been a volunteer with Ocala Health since April 1988, starting at Ocala Regional and then West Marion Community Hospital. In addition to his work at the hospitals, Wolf is active with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and plays Santa Claus at local elementary schools and nursing homes in Ocala. He also participates in a reading buddy program through Marion County Public Schools.