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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (February 2, 2012) – The St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation has presented its 2012 awards to community leaders at its annual Legacy Dinner: Mary Hilton Cross won the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award; Hennessy Construction Services was given the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award; and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Campbell have won the Hippocrates Award.


This is the fifth year the awards have been presented at the Foundation’s annual Legacy Dinner, which was held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park on Jan. 25. Pauline Chen, MD, a transplant surgeon and author of the bestselling book, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, was the guest speaker.


Each award publicly acknowledges the commitment and vision of those who are true models of philanthropy or service. “We cannot thank all of those who continue to do so much without asking for anything in return,” said Michael Faehner, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation chairman. “This is our opportunity to recognize them for their commitment to St. Anthony’s and to our community. We hold them in the highest regard and we are proud to give these awards as a token of our appreciation.”


Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award
The Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates vision, initiative, motivation, selflessness and commitment through outstanding community service and leadership benefiting the community. Mary Hilton Cross exemplifies those qualities. A lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Mrs. Cross first joined the St. Anthony’s Hospital Auxiliary in 1963. She became an active volunteer in 1965 and has served in many roles at the hospital: She was president of Auxiliary from 1971-73; served as president of the Anthnoians, a support group of the hospital, from 1979-80; and was a charter member of the Hospital Foundation Board. Besides her dedication to St. Anthony’s, Mrs. Cross has also served the community in many other ways. Her many activities include Board Chairman for Pinellas United Way; State Board Chairman for the Children’s Home Society of Florida; and Board of Directors Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida.


For her volunteer work at St. Anthony’s, Mrs. Cross was the recipient of the Florida Hospital Association’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award. She continues to serve on the Auxiliary Board as parliamentarian and also volunteers in the St. Anthony’s Auxiliary Gift Shop.


“Mary Hilton Cross has been an unwavering friend to St. Anthony’s, having given nearly 50 years of service to the hospital, said Faehner. “Her leadership in the hospital and in the community is a true testimony to her giving spirit.” 


Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award


The Helen D. Roberts Award recognizes an individual’s generosity to not-for-profit organizations devoted to educational, cultural, and social or public health concerns. That has been the role of Hennessy Construction for many years. Hennessy has played a large part in the growth of St. Petersburg. As you look around the city, many of the buildings have been constructed by Hennessy, including St. Mary’s Church, St. Petersburg High School, the Mahaffey Theater, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Shorecrest Preparatory School and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Although construction is its main work, Hennessy Construction also works hard to give back to the community. Agencies and organizations that have been touched by Hennessy’s generosity include the Salvation Army, Resurrection House, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Pinellas Hope, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Doorways Scholarship Program and St. Anthony’s Hospital. On behalf of her late husband Tom Hennessy, Barbara Hennessy and two of their children, Missy and Tom, were on hand to accept the award. They were joined by Mark Stalker, vice president of Hennessy Construction Services.


“Hennessy Construction has built a philanthropic foundation in this community that is committed to helping so many of our residents who need compassionate care,” Faehner said. “We appreciate their support through the years and offer this award as a thank you for their generosity.” 


Hippocrates Award
The Hippocrates Award, which is in its second year, recognizes an individual physician or medical practice that demonstrates selflessness and dedication to the community through generous donations of time, talent and treasure. The award also recognizes someone who is dedicated to improving patient care and to making that care more available to underserved communities. The award this year goes to Thomas A. Campbell, MD, and his wife, Jeanne V. Campbell, for their many years of generosity in the community.


Dr. Campbell is a 1951 graduate of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. In 1955 he came to St. Petersburg and worked at what is now Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital until 1960. From 1960 until his retirement in 1993 he was in private practice as a general surgeon.

“Dr. and Mrs. Campbell have been very good friends to St. Anthony’s Hospital and we appreciate their support for these many years,” Faehner said. “We hold this generous couple in the highest esteem and hope to continue to work with them for many years to come.”


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 is the first and only 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 2011 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 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.


About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 


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 www.BayCare.org.


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