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Patient Transport Services supervisor wins 2014 MUHA Employee of the Year

By Mary Ellen Dudash
Public Relations

2014 MUHA Employee of the Year Daniel Williams, center, of Patient Transport Services, is joined by his award nominators, Georgina Dukes, left, and Christi Garrett along with Dr. Patrick Cawley, MUHA executive director and medical center CEO at the July 17 event.  photo by Mary Ellen Dudash, Public Relations

It was a day of celebration for Daniel Williams, the 2014 Medical Center Employee of the Year.

Described as a transformational leader and a person who goes above and beyond the call of duty, Williams, the Patient Transport Services interim coordinator since 2011, proved to be worthy of the Employee of the Year award in more ways than one.

Williams was nominated for this distinction by colleagues Georgina Dukes and Christi Garrett, both of whom also work in Patient Transport Services. In their nomination letter, Williams was recognized for assuming the position of coordinator while the current coordinator was on leave. In this role, Williams handled inter-departmental issues, standardized a method of communication which made transportation safer for the patients and decreased turnover within the patient transport department.

Daniel Williams, fifth from right, is joined by his co-workers in Patient Transport Services. photo provided

“You would find Daniel in slacks and a tie pushing bariatric beds from 8 West to Dialysis on any given day just to help us out when we were behind,” wrote Dukes and Garrett. “It was no longer ‘you all’ need to do better. Now it was ‘we as a unit’ can do better.”

Although the current coordinator has returned from leave, Williams is still being described as a motivator, “doing whatever he can to push patient transport toward success.” “He would constantly tell us that we matter at MUSC,” Dukes and Garrett said.

Williams currently serves as the weekend supervisor of Patient Transport Services under Phillip Sewell, Patient Transport coordinator. Sewell could offer nothing but high praise for the winner when asked why Williams merited the honor.  

“Daniel deserves Employee of the Year because of his enthusiasm, his personality, as well as his drive to succeed. He’s shown that here in his time at MUSC and is constantly working toward making people happy, no matter the circumstances,” Sewell said.

Williams and eight other nominees were honored at a July 17 celebration. Ali McAbee, Service Teams coordinator and Rewards and Recognition team leader, explained that this year’s Employee of the Year committee received upward of 75 nominations and more than 750 votes. “This was by far the most we’ve had in quite a long time,” McAbee explained.

Each nominee was presented with a plaque by Patrick Cawley, M.D, executive director and chief medical officer of the medical center. He characterized the nominees as phenomenal and great employees. “You’re optimistic, you’re uplifting and your teams appreciate how much you do. They know they can count on you, ” he said.

Cawley then announced Williams as the winner and presented him with a crystal plaque, a particularly special prize among the many Williams received as the newest Employee of the Year.
When asked how he planned to top his new honor, Williams explained, “I do not intend to change much. I want to continue to work hard, and take the knowledge which I have gained thus far and use it to improve my behavior, decision–making and interaction with all employees and patients.”

Other MUHA Employee of the Year finalists included: Jennifer Gowder, SACC/MACC Service Lines; Mark Daniell, Pediatric/Meducare Team; Tricia Crocker, RT Outpatient Pharmacy; Amber Triplett, 9 East; Peggy Willis, Social Work Program; Brandy Hunt, RT Finance and Support Services; Nat Alston, Radiology Services; and Corinne Corrigan, Pharmacy.
















July 25, 2014



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