Health care leaders honored for education donations

Cardiologist Rao Musunuru, center, and Kurt Conover, director of marketing for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, third from the left, with members of Pasco County School District. From left: Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning; Students in Transition Homeless Liaison Michele Overland; Conover, who was representing former Regional Medical Center CEO Shayne George; Musunuru; Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso; Pasco Schools Social Worker Michelle Barthel; Supervisor of Student Services David Chamberlin; and School Board Member Cynthia Armstrong.

HUDSON – A renowned cardiologist and the former CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point were recognized recently for their generosity to Pasco County Schools.

Rao Musunuru, a cardiologist and current chairman of the board of trustees for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Shayne George, the hospital’s former CEO, were honored for contributing to Pasco County Schools’ Students in Transition program.

The program works to ensure the educational rights of homeless children and youth while also helping to meet many of their basic needs. It’s authorized under federal law through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, first signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Musunuru and George made personal donations to the SIT program. The donations are made to the Pasco Education Foundation to help give the disadvantaged children the support they and their families need to succeed.

“As part of his ongoing efforts to help the various sections of the needy in the community, local philanthropist Rao Musunuru takes the initiative to make donations and periodically raise funds to assist the homeless students enrolled in the school district,” according to a press release from HCA-owned Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. “The total contribution this time totaled $16,000.”

George is now CEO of Memorial Health University Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Savannah, Georgia. He was succeeded as CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point by Sharon Hayes in February.