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Coordinator captures yearly honor

People may know her by her calm, assuring voice on the phone before recognizing her name. But in the eyes of many people, veteran nurse Sandra DeAntonio, R.N., is the voice of MUSC.

MUHA Employee of the Year Sandra DeAntonio, R.N., right, clinical coordinator in the Referral Call Center, is joined by health resource nurse Kathy Kuhn.
MUHA Employee of the Year Sandra DeAntonio, R.N., right, clinical coordinator in the Referral Call Center, is joined by health resource nurse Kathy Kuhn.

DeAntonio is the clinical coordinator of Medical University Hospital Authority’s Referral Call Center in Business Development & Marketing Services. Her work includes triaging patients, scheduling new primary care appointments and keeping the clinical and non-clinical staff informed about MUSC physicians and services.

On July 18, DeAntonio was recognized for her contributions as the MUHA Employee of the Year. She was among more than 40 employees nominated and 10 finalists selected by her peers.

DeAntonio, who celebrated 39 years in nursing service in June, manages the hospital’s centralized discharge call program, serves as a liaison between the Marketing Department and Ambulatory Care and works with the university and hospital administration on special projects.

MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., and other campus leaders also work with DeAntonio.

Employees recognized nine finalists for the Employee of the Year award. Nominees (top row from left )include Cathy Rogers, OCIO; Annette Crull, NICU; Chris Early, Cardiology Clinic. Middle row from left: Mary Ernst, Women’s Care; Patricia Totaro, OR; Eileen McLaughlin, Psychiatry; (Bottom row from left) Christenna Kindt, Psychiatry; Rosemarie Battaglia, Children’s Services; and Kimberly Medlin, 4E.
Employees recognized nine finalists for the Employee of the Year award. Nominees (top row from left )include Cathy Rogers, OCIO; Annette Crull, NICU; Chris Early, Cardiology Clinic. Middle row from left: Mary Ernst, Women’s Care; Patricia Totaro, OR; Eileen McLaughlin, Psychiatry; (Bottom row from left) Christenna Kindt, Psychiatry; Rosemarie Battaglia, Children’s Services; and Kimberly Medlin, 4E.

“I have had the privilege of working with Sandra on helping to provide access to care for many friends of the university,” said Greenberg. “She is always friendly and efficient – she knows virtually all of our medical staff, and equally important, she knows how to work through the system. Sandra is a star, and we are so fortunate to have her here. I am delighted that she was selected for this singular recognition – nobody is more deserving.”

An MUSC nursing school graduate, she worked for 17 years in family medicine prior to her current position.

Referral Call Center supervisor Susan Lucas wrote about her colleague.

“Sandra’s medical knowledge is never-ending. She is always teaching her staff and the call center staff. She is the epitome of MUSC Excellence and wears her badge proudly. She is an ambassador and mentor to other employees,” wrote Lucas.

July 24, 2013
 
 
 

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