The Foundation annually recognizes leadership, philanthropy, medical excellence and youthful promise.
Our nominee is a native of Massachusetts and entered the Franciscan Order in Allegany, New York at a young age. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University. After a brief assignment as Director of Nursing at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts, she distinguished herself as Assistant Administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Assistant Administrator of St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and then Administrator of St. Anthony’s Hospital for six years. She also held leadership roles at St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and leadership roles within her Franciscan order. She has served on Boards of Trustees and Directors both locally and for entities as diverse as St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach and St. Joseph’s Villa in Catskills, New York. She has been a member of the Catholic Health Association where she served as a trustee, the Florida Hospital Association, health-related councils of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, a trustee of St. Leo College and the Tomlinson Adult Education Center’s Advisory Board. Bill Tapp, a fellow board member said of her- “her collaborative approach has built a tremendous level of respect from trustees, committee members, management and medical staff.” Former BayCare CEO, Stephen Mason remarked when she was nominated for the Catholic Health East “Excellence in Governance” award, that she has spent her entire life improving health care for all and making sure organizations stay true to their mission and values. She received that award in 2012.
Her dedication to the Church was recognized by Pope John Paul II when he awarded her Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pontiff). Even today she continues to labor humbly in the vineyard of the Lord, with volunteer service at St. Anthony’s Hospital. It is an honor to bestow the Roy G. Harrell, Jr. Leadership Award on Sister Gladys Sharkey of the Order of St. Francis.
Our nominee was born in England and taught at an early age to care for the less fortunate, even giving shelter to a homeless man. And hard work is not unknown to her having successful careers in the restaurant business, real estate, an interior design showroom and currently the owner of the most successful Jewelry company in the Southeast.
In addition to contributing to many charitable causes in no small way, she is the founder of “Hands Across the Bay, which has quickly become one of the Tampa Bay community’s most respected charities with a focus on helping victims of domestic violence, single parents, children with health issues, special needs or simply want. Hands Across the Bay has donated over $1.5 Million to other charities helping the aforementioned families. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Woman of the Year, Business Woman of the year, Spirit of Philanthropy, Humanitarian of the year, and Pillar of Peace. A frequently sought after speaker, she has also authored articles for magazines that reflect her commitment to doing her personal best, encouraging others and offering a helping hand to those in need.
Our 2019 Philanthropy Award goes to Julie Weintraub, President of the Gold & Diamond Source.
At age 16 our nominee left his native Haiti with his family and settled in Miami. Speaking only Creole, he graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High School. In April 1972 he received his most coveted honor – to be named the Star Student – an indication of the person he was to become. He was accepted at the University of Florida as a chemistry major and rode a bicycle to classes. His sterling academic performance led to his acceptance into the University of Miami medical school. He received an $800 loan from the associate dean for student affairs so he could buy his first car, a used Toyota Corolla.
After graduating from medical school in 1981 he started a private practice in St. Petersburg and worked pro bono at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic the second Tuesday of every month… a date he has never missed. He also donates to the St. Petersburg College scholarship fund for underprivileged children. Known for his compassion, he is especially noted for his bedside manner with his patients. On staff of St. Anthony’s for 17 years now, he also volunteers with medical missions to his native Haiti. A poignant story resounds to this man’s special qualities. “While on a medical mission in Haiti, he examined a 16 year-old boy who tired easily and had a rapid heartbeat. He had a hunch the boy had a hole in his heart, which proved correct. Our nominee arranged for the boy and his mother to get medical visas for a trip to St. Petersburg. He also took care of their travel and accommodations for two journeys to St. Petersburg where the boy has twice undergone heart surgery. Humbly, our nominee downplays his involvement. “You’re put on this earth for a reason – occupying space is not an option,” he says. "You’ve got to do something, and you’ve always got to do it from the bottom of your heart, expecting nothing in return.” A model of the values of the BayCare Health System and St. Anthony’s Hospital, we are pleased to present the Hippocrates Award to Dr. Frederic Guerrier.
Our recipient for this award goes to an individual active in community service. She holds a Bachelor in Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence in HealthCare Compliance at Stetson School of law. All the while she holds a full-time job as Mission Service Coordinator at the hospital and is raising three children. While some of her volunteer work is now part of her job description, she committed herself to habitat for humanity and service at Pinellas Hope prior to her current role in the mission department. She also volunteers at The Arc Tampa Bay which serves the entire range of persons with intellectual / developmental challenges. She volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project, helping families of Veterans. And she serves on the executive committee of the “Miles for Memory” fund-raiser sponsored by Future Leaders in Philanthropy for the Memory Disorders Center. Congratulations to Courtney Burt, our 2019 Future Leader in Philanthropy.