PACU nurse Evang “Vangie” Pagulayan, RN, was awarded the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Frist Humanitarian Employee Award, honoring an individual who goes above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities and for overall service to the community. A total of eight employee nominees vied for the top honor, according to a July 24 news release.
Bayonet Point, located in Hudson, Fla., also announced the winners of the Frist Humanitarian Physician Award and the Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award, according to the release. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were founded in 1971.
The awards are announced at each HCA hospital, with hospital award winners then competing for the 2014 national Frist award, which is presented at a reception in Nashville.
Pagulayan and other local employee winners each receive $250, a Frist lapel pin, a plaque, a front row parking spot for an entire year and a dish garden. The individual’s picture also is displayed at the front entrance of their respective facility, according to the release.
With a reputation as a model for the nurses who work with her, Pagulayan came to the U.S. in 1981 from the Philippines, and started working at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 1982, according to the release. She is the PACU coordinator.
She is compassionate, caring and meets all needs for the patients she cares for as well as the staff who work with her, according to her nominator. “Pagulayan] makes an extra effort to be sure that the care and comfort levels of her patients are a priority and insists her staff work this way also,” her nominator said in the release. “Her unit is well staffed with excellent experienced nurses with little turnover of staff.”
Pagulayan is an active member of the local Filipino Club, participating in fundraising for needy Filipino citizens in her country and in the U.S. She also is active in her church.