Rose Medical Center
June 26, 2017


Dan Mager
Rose Medical Center

Rose Medical Center Employee Among Finalists for National HCA Frist Humanitarian Award


Denver, Colo. – June 26, 2017 – Rose Medical Center is proud to announce the three recipients of the facility Frist Humanitarian Award, including Rose employee Liz Harms, a finalist for the national award. A prestigious recognition from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Rose’s parent company, the Frist Humanitarian Award has recognized the most exceptional individuals in the organization since 1971.

Each year, an employee, a volunteer and a physician are awarded at the facility level for an unwavering commitment to the community through various humanitarian activities. Nominees for this award must demonstrate a genuine passion for volunteering and engaging with others outside of work for the betterment of the community. Those who qualify for this award share a determined devotion to the wellbeing of others beyond their roles in the healthcare setting. The Rose Frist Humanitarian Award winners are as follows:

  • Employee: Liz Harms, 6 Central
  • Volunteer: Janell Peterson, Emergency Services
  • Physician: Dr. Frank Moore, Pathology

Facility winners of this award continue as nominees, which can eventually place them in the running for the national award. The national HCA Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes the most remarkable employee, volunteer and physician across the enterprise. Rose Medical Center is proud to announce that employee Liz Harms was named a finalist for the national award this year.

Liz Harms has turned personal challenges into inspirational courage that she shares with others. After being diagnosed with colon cancer at 34-years-old, she made the decision to triumph over the illness by sharing her personal journey in the most positive way. Liz helped organize the Denver chapter of Stupid Cancer, the largest charity addressing young-adult cancers, and served as Rose’s captain for the Undie 500, a run/walk held to increase colorectal cancer awareness. She is serving as a Denver First Descents member for an organization that offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to defy their diagnosis and reclaim their lives. She participated in the 2016 Colon Club calendar, which features young colon cancer survivors whose beauty, energy and bravery prove that cancer can be overcome. Liz also volunteers at numerous health fairs, and she has taken her message about cancer treatment and funding to Congress—all of this in addition to her responsibilities as a mother, a dedicated employee and a graduate student.

As a volunteer in our emergency department, Janell Peterson is seen as one of the most compassionate individuals on our team, noticing even small things that have impacted patients’ visits. She puts patients, visitors and children at ease. She is the chair of board of the Able Kids Foundation, an organization that supports children and adults with central auditory processing difficulties. She volunteers at Denver’s Anchor Center for the Blind as the Easter Bunny, helping hide beeping Easter eggs for the children. Janell also mentors inmates with drug and alcohol abuse problems with the Douglas County Department of Women’s Corrections. She is an invaluable part of the team at Rose and undoubtedly an invaluable member of the many causes she supports with her time and energy.

Dr. Frank Moore has invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in a cause that is close to his heart. When a family member was diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Moore showed just how far he would go to support the search for a cure for leukemia. In order to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), he created CellCycle—an organization dedicated to raising awareness of leukemia while raising the funds to support further scientific research. Not long after founding CellCycle, Dr. Moore led the organization to its first significant fundraising milestone when he completed a 200-mile bike ride across the Swiss Alps, raising more than $20,000 for LLS. With almost instant momentum, Dr. Moore’s CellCycle organizations is sure to continue supporting cancer research and awareness for years to come.

“The recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award at Rose embody the most crucial and everlasting values that guide our actions every single day,” says Lynne Wagner, chief nursing officer at Rose Medical Center. “Working alongside people as generous and as humble as our award winners is a privilege with immense impact. We couldn’t be more proud of Liz for representing Rose Medical Center on the national stage, as well as Dr. Moore and Janell for their generosity of spirit.”

Winners of the national HCA Frist Humanitarian Award are announced in a webinar hosted at corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Awards are presented in front of an audience of HCA employees across the country who attend the ceremony virtually.

About Rose Medical Center

Well known as a Denver institution and a 9th Avenue landmark for nearly 70 years, Rose Medical Center has earned its reputation as Denver’s "Baby Hospital" while becoming a leader in comprehensive women's care, orthopedics and total joint replacement, heart and vascular care, weight-loss treatment, cancer care, surgical services, internal medicine and emergency care. 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