TriStar Skyline Medical Center announced its 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients during a ceremony on April 11, 2016. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee, one physician and one volunteer 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., founder of HCA.

“TriStar Skyline is extremely proud to recognize Robert Pilkinton, Sr., MD, Latifa Brown and Evelyn Sawyer for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Steve Otto, chief executive officer at TriStar Skyline. “We are proud to have these individuals as a part of our healthcare family and it is their character and spirit that save lives at TriStar Skyline. Our patients benefit from the commitment to humanitarian concerns that they demonstrate every day.”

TriStar Skyline’s 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients:

  • Robert Pilkinton, Sr., MD – Family Medicine Physician
  • Latifa Brown – Assessment Specialist at TriStar Skyline Madison
  • Evelyn Sawyer – Gift Shoppe Volunteer and Treasurer on Skyline Auxiliary Executive Board of Directors

All three local recipients of this honor are also eligible for consideration for the nationwide 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award. The national Frist award is the highest honor an HCA physician, employee or volunteer can receive. National recipients will be honored on May 16 at a reception at the company’s Nashville, Tenn., headquarters.

Robert Pilkinton, Sr., MD

Robert Pilkinton, Sr., MD, is the only remaining founding staff member at TriStar Skyline from when it opened as Nashville Memorial Hospital in 1965. Dr. Pilkinton – known as Dr. P. to many of his patients – has served tirelessly in the community. He was a member of TriStar Skyline Medical Center’s board of directors and also presided on Goodpasture Christian School’s board. Dr. Pilkinton was Goodpasture’s team physician for 25 years.

Latifa Brown

Latifa Brown has been an inspiration to the TriStar Skyline family since 2009. Brown is always willing to lend a hand, not only to TriStar Skyline Madison patients, but to her fellow coworkers as well. Brown always has a greeting card ready to mail for colleagues’ special events and provides resources for patients to have the best chance possible to help themselves. In the community, Brown is heavily involved in her church, collects food for the homeless during the holidays, collects prom dresses for teenagers in the area, volunteers at the Family Life Center and is active in Delta Sigma Theta’s alumni group.

Evelyn Sawyer

Evelyn Sawyer began volunteering at TriStar Skyline in 1999 and has donated over 9,200 hours of service to the hospital. Sawyer volunteers in the Gift Shoppe, is the Treasurer for the Skyline Auxiliary Executive Board of Directors, serves as an Auxiliary Scholarship Committee member and helps run hospital blood drives. Sawyer even drives patients to their doctor appointments. In her spare time, Sawyer is active in her church, organizes coat drives and meals for the less fortunate and volunteers for World Changes, an organization that fixes community homes.