One of Asheville’s prominent community leaders, Sarah Weston Hart, was awarded The Frist Humanitarian Award, NC Division, by Mission/HCA Healthcare, on April 22, 2020.
The award, created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities, is named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of HCA Healthcare, which bought Asheville’s Mission Hospital System in 2018. The award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need, and whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.
Hart has been a volunteer with Mission Hospital since April of 2012 and has served 3,390 volunteer hours. In addition to her service with the Medication Assistance Program, she volunteers in the Surgical Waiting Rooms, on numerous special projects, and has served on the Volunteer Leadership Committee.
In its statement nominating Hart for the award, Matthew Ransom, Lead Pharmacist with Mission’s Medication Assistance Program, wrote, “Sarah Weston Hart shows remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of people in our community. She volunteers with Mission Hospital’s Medication Assistance Program helping low income, uninsured patients navigate processes to obtain needed medication.”
Beyond Mission, Hart is a long-time president and officer of the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association; volunteers with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; teaches and cares for children ages 2-16 at Christine Avery Learning Center; and volunteers with the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. Hart has also been on the Restoration Committee for the historic Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School, which she attended as a child and is one of fewer than a dozen Rosenwald schools remaining in North Carolina, out of more than 5,000 built across the South between 1912 and 1932.
According to HCA guidelines, recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award “must display remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients, and perform extraordinary acts of kindness … are committed to community service beyond the daily operation of our facility, and demonstrate personal modesty and genuine humility.
The Urban News congratulates Sarah Weston Hart for this recognition, and thanks her for her years of community service. Her Frist Humanitarian Award is well deserved, and will be formally presented during a ceremony to be scheduled at a later date.