Jeff Barwick, employee recipient, and Keith Sandlin, CEO, Cartersville Medical CenterJeff Barwick, employee recipient, and Keith Sandlin, CEO, Cartersville Medical Center

Judi Bedell, volunteer recipient, and Keith Sandlin, CEO, Cartersville Medical CenterJudi Bedell, volunteer recipient, and Keith Sandlin, CEO, Cartersville Medical Center

Judi Bedell and Jeff BarwickJudi Bedell and Jeff Barwick

Cartersville, GA; June 5, 2012Cartersville Medical Center recently announced winners of its annual Frist Humanitarian Award. Created in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Those recognized this year were: Jeff Barwick, director of food, nutrition and environmental services and Judi Bedell, hospital volunteer.

Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910-1998), a founder of HCA (parent company of Cartersville Medical Center), the Frist Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

The employee award recognizes an HCA-affiliated employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community. An employee at Cartersville Medical Center for seven years, Jeff Barwick was named the employee recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award. Barwick is a graduate of Model High School in Rome and holds a degree in business management from Shorter College and a degree in dietary management from the University of Florida. He is actively involved in Cartersville Medical Center’s Customer Service Ambassador program and is known and respected as a patient and employee advocate.

When not working, Barwick enjoys riding his Kawasaki Vulcan cruiser and working out at the gym. He is also a salt water aquarium enthusiast. Barwick and his wife, Susan (also an employee at Cartersville Medical Center) have two children and a granddaughter.

Judi Bedell, retired registered nurse for 35 years and volunteer at Cartersville Medical Center for seven years, was named the Frist volunteer recipient. Bedell is the volunteer team leader on the Mother/Baby unit serves on the Camp Monarch board, working tirelessly each year to coordinate details for the annual event for cancer patients and survivors.

Bedell’s volunteer spirit doesn’t end at the hospital. A member of Savior of All Lutheran Church in Cartersville, she and her church family provide monthly meals to the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing with the “Boot Scooters”, a senior line dance group affiliated with the Bartow County Senior Center who dance and entertain at various venues throughout Georgia. Bedell and her husband, Marlow have been married for 34 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

All award recipients were honored recently at a reception which included their family and friends.

About Cartersville Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center, a facility of Redmond Regional Health System in Northwest Georgia, is a 112-bed acute care hospital accredited by the Joint Commission and recently named Accredited Chest Pain Center. Cartersville Medical Center now offers da Vinci gynecological and urological robotic surgery and was named a Top Performing Hospital in 2011 by the Joint Commission based upon key quality measures. Acworth Medical Plaza – including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center – and The Hope Center, a regional cancer treatment facility, are healthcare entities of Cartersville Medical Center.

For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit