Sportable Athlete Robin Yoder Receives Top HCA Healthcare Award

RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, September 30, 2021) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to announce that athlete Robin Yoder was honored during the HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction ceremony on Wednesday and given the prestigious Frist Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals within the 250,000-member HCA Healthcare workforce who have had the highest achievements in serving others. The award includes a $2,500 donation to Sportable.


“We are incredibly proud of Robin for achieving HCA Healthcare’s top honor,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “She is a decorated athlete within the adaptive sports community and her passion for serving others through sport is as evident as it is in her daily work at Johnston-Willis Hospital. This honor is well-deserved for someone who continually goes above and beyond.”

Yoder was acknowledged as an advocate, champion, mentor, friend, triathlete, two-time cancer survivor and an amputee who has impacted countless lives in Central Virginia and around the world as an oncology social worker at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She has made caring for the welfare of others her life’s work for more than three decades.

As a multi-sport athlete with Sportable since 2010, Yoder is a fierce competitor and tireless advocate for adaptive sports in Richmond. While training and competing, she also participates in countless speaking engagements each year where she shares Sportable’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive.

She currently holds the world record in her class and age group after rowing 5,000 meters in 23 minutes and 43.8 seconds in 2021. In 2019, she joined Sportable as part of the U.S. delegation to Turkmenistan to assist the country in developing adaptive sports programs for the amputee community. While abroad, she was recognized as a “Woman of Inspiration” by the Turkmenistan news.

“The past year has brought unique challenges, but our colleagues continue to go above and beyond to give people a healthier tomorrow,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction recipients being honored today represent what HCA Healthcare stands for: compassionate, quality patient care; innovative, forward-thinking ideas; and above all else — the care and improvement of human life.”

“The recipients of this year’s Frist Humanitarian Award are compassionate and selfless individuals whose generosity and community service epitomize the vision of our organization’s founders,” said Hazen. “From inside the hospital to in their communities and around the world, these recipients volunteer their time in a way that goes beyond everyday kindness.”

The Frist Humanitarian Award, named in honor of HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), was created in 1971 and is the longest standing award in HCA Healthcare’s history. The award honors individuals within HCA Healthcare who demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that goes beyond everyday acts of kindness, and who inspire colleagues with their compassion and dedication. In 2020, HCA Healthcare colleagues collectively volunteered more than 83,000 hours in their communities. The recipients of this award are examples of that volunteer spirit and the humanitarian principles established by HCA Healthcare’s founders.

The Frist Humanitarian Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and a $5,000 gift for the employee and volunteer recipients.