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St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Announces Leadership, Philanthropy Award Winners

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (March 6, 2013) -- The St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation has presented its 2013 awards to community leaders at its annual Legacy Dinner: Lisa and David Meehan were given the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award; David Punzak won the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award; and H. Jack Pyhel, MD, who recently retired after 36 years of service at St. Anthony’s, won the Hippocrates Award.

This is the sixth year the awards have been presented at the Foundation’s annual Legacy Dinner, which was held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park on Feb. 28. Robert Huizenga, MD, the medical expert on NBC’s hit reality show, The Biggest Loser, was the guest speaker. Dr. Huizenga spoke about the need to look at weight loss differently and how a one-size solution does not fit every person. About 200 people attended the awards dinner which is given to thank St. Anthony’s donors for all they do for the hospital.

Each Foundation award publicly acknowledges the commitment and vision of those who are true models of philanthropy or service.

Helen D. Roberts Award (recognizes Philanthropy)
Lisa and David Meehan
have been St. Petersburg residents for many years. David’s mother, Mildred, was a registered nurse in the maternity ward at St. Anthony’s Hospital. All of their children were born at St. Anthony’s. The Meehans have long believed that giving back to the community is an important part of citizenship. Mr. Meehan has served on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board; the board of the Children’s Museum (now Great Explorations); the YWCA Board; the board of St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and St. Anthony’s Hospital and twice, he was appointed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by Gov. Jeb Bush. The Meehans have been generous to a number of not-for-profit organizations in the community, not the least of which is St. Anthony’s and they have been great ambassadors of the hospital, encouraging others to invest in its mission and vision. Mr. Meehan also is a veteran of the Vietnam War. David retired as president of Bankers Insurance.

Roy G. Harrell Award (recognizes Leadership)
David R. Punzak
is managing partner of the St. Petersburg office of the law firm of Carlton Fields. Mr. Punzak, who was mentored by the late Mr. Harrell, is very involved in his community. He has been a member of the Suncoasters since 1996 and served as their president in 2009. He has served on the board of the Suncoast Center for Community Health, Heroes of St. Petersburg Police; the advisory board of the Salvation Army and the Junior League; the board and chair of Florida International Museum; the Development Review commission for the City of St. Petersburg as well as chairman from 2006 to the present. Mr. Punzak has served as a board member of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay; the Board and Chair of the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children; the board of the Salvador Dali Museum and currently serves as Chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. His commitment to others carries over into his professional world. He has provided largely pro bono legal services to the Florida Community Loan Fund for more than 10 years. He was recognized in 2006 by the American Bar Association for his pro bono service when he was presented the National Public Service Award and in 2011, the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation honored him with its “Heroes Among Us” service award. 

Hippocrates Award (recognizes a physician or medical practice for service to the community and for enhancing access to health care)
Dr. H. Jack Pyhel
is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. He did his internship at Hahnemann Hospital before being drafted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he attained the rank of captain as a general medical officer. After his tour of duty, he completed his residency at Hahnemann Hospital and then did a fellowship in cardiology at the Indiana University of Medicine. He originally joined practice with Dr. Frank LaCamera and Dr. Edward Swanick and had been on the staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital for 36 years. Dr. Pyhel served as president of the St. Antony’s medical staff from 1992-93. Among his accomplishments in his brilliant career: he founded the first cardiac rehab in Pinellas County and served as its director. He was team physician in cardiology to the Tampa Bay Rays from 1998 to the present day. He was a nationally ranked age-group triathlete from 1984-2002 and was also Pinellas County champion in 1984 and Master’s champion for many years. In 2004, Dr. Pyhel received the Allegany Franciscan Award. Dr. Pyhel and his wife were generous in opening their home in hosting receptions to encourage donations to St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center has received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.

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BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at