Rose Medical Center February 28, 2014

Rose Medical Center Announces 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

DENVER – Feb. 28, 2014 – Rose Medical Center is proud to announce that Theresa Snelling, Stan Krautman and Dr. Aris Sophocles were awarded Rose’s 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award for employees, volunteers and physicians, respectively. These three individuals are now eligible for the nationwide 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee, physician and volunteer can receive at HCA.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize employees, physicians and volunteers 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 the philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA.

Theresa Snelling is a Speech Therapist who works in the Rose Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center. This Center provides care for dozens of children and adults in the Rocky Mountain region dealing with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. In addition to her admirable work at Rose, Theresa travels regularly with the International Children’s Surgical Foundation to help children with cleft lips and palates around the world. She provides valuable speech therapy to many children who may have access to the palate surgery, but would typically have no access to speech therapy that can help them correct speech issues that are associated with the birth defect.

Stan Krautman is a volunteer at Rose and has dedicated much of his 10 years at Rose to staffing the information desk at the hospital entrance. Stan has also volunteered at National Jewish Hospital for the past 10 years as a tutor. He is a supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation, where he was recently recognized with their Volunteer of the Year Award. Stan also volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and has been an active supporter and participant in the Denver Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Aris Sophocles has been a family medicine practitioner near Rose Medical Center for 30 years. In addition to his important work for his patients, Dr. Sophocles was one of the founders of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. This center, which opened in 1976, provides outdoor adventure education to all people, with a specialized focus on serving those with disabilities or special needs. Dr. Sophocles still serves on the board of the organization and has helped it grow to offer more services and expand to other locations. The center serves nearly 3,000 individuals each year.

"Their desire to serve others and make a difference shines through daily . . ."

“Our Frist award winners exhibit extreme compassion and selflessness to give back to the community and individuals in need,” said Kenneth Feiler, President and CEO of Rose Medical Center. “They are truly an asset to Rose, but are also committed to making a difference in our world. Their desire to serve others and make a difference shines through daily and is an inspiration to us all.”

About Rose Medical Center

Well known as a Denver institution and a 9th Avenue landmark for 60 years, Rose Medical Center has earned its reputation as Denver's "Baby Hospital" while becoming a leader in comprehensive women's, surgical and endoscopy services, heart and vascular, orthopedics, total joint replacement, bariatrics, and sports, internal and aesthetic medicine. With origins in Jewish teachings, traditions and community, Rose’s founders built this hospital to “serve the need of every creed.” By offering a high level of expertise and service across all disciplines, Rose has truly become a destination hospital, attracting patients from throughout Colorado and around the world. Learn more at

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