The tributes to the late Thomas F. Frist Sr., M.D., speak volumes about his wisdom, wit and compassion. But the founder of what has become Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. was more than a skilled physician, an innovative business leader and a Southern gentleman. Above all, he was a loyal friend and a devoted family man.
Sen. William Frist, M.D. (R-Tenn.), recalled that family always came first for his father. "He never missed a baseball game. He never missed a football game. He was there for dinner every night, yet he worked seven days a week."
The balance "Tommy Sr." achieved and the priorities he set were perhaps his greatest accomplishments.