Congrats to our Fall 2015 Plus People

Congratulations to our Fall 2015 Plus People. These 16 employees were recognized for being among the very best at UNC Medical Center this Fall.

Stephanie Bowes

Stephanie Bowes
Clinical Support Tech II

Stephanie has shown excellent leadership and functions as the informal lead clinical support tech for the new Hillsborough emergency department. She role models expected behaviors and has been a reason why the Hillsborough emergency department’s patient satisfaction has rated so highly. Meanwhile, Stephanie’s critical analysis of supply stock and willingness to challenge assumptions has resulted in organizational savings.

 

Anita Burns

Anita Burns, RN
Clinical Nurse II

Anita volunteers to cover open hours in the department to ensure safe patient care and she is certified to provide safe and competent care for patients of all types within the PACU. Anita makes special efforts to involve family members in the care of loved ones and encourages visitation to alleviate anxiety for patients and families.

 

Demetrius Cook

Demetrius Cook
Health Unit Coodinator 

Demetrius makes it a point to be connected not only with staff, but also with patients and their families. He builds relationships with them and checks up on them to see if there’s anything he can provide for them. Meanwhile, he shares his insight and ideas for improving patient care with his colleagues. Demetrius’s connections with his patients and staff help him do his job efficiently and effectively, ensuring smooth workflow and availability of resources.

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Emily Devan
Clinical Nurse II

Emily demonstrates exceptional clinical skills and interacts with patients and caregivers with equal grace and kindness. As an advocate for supportive care, she’s involved in unit-based clinical practice groups and is always stretching the minds of her colleagues to find new and innovative ways of performing higher-quality care. 

 

Larry Godlewski

Larry Godlewski
HCS-Database Administrator

As the lead Epic Cache Database Administrator, Larry is the gatekeeper for Epic@UNC’s main database. Larry ensures that all Epic system updates are completed in a timely fashion and with a minimum amount of downtime to the end-users and our patients. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty with his devotion to his work through the countless number of hours he has given.

Amber Green

Amber Green, RN
Clinical Nurse III

Amber constantly searches for ways she can help others, improve processes, and bring a smile to her pediatric patients. As the “go-to” person for Epic@UNC for her unit, she takes time to patiently assist providers who are having difficulty closing an encounter, ordering a medication or test, or helping a nurse who is documenting care. She brings an extremely high level of energy to her work every day and is often called an “energizer bunny.” 

Helen Hayden

Helen Hayden
Intra-Operative Monitoring Technologist

Helen has the knowledge and ability to perform the most tedious and complex studies of the Clinical Neurophysiology Labs very well. The job knowledge and skills she demonstrates in her work are frequently displayed to colleagues, including physicians, at teaching conferences. Despite a sometimes daunting schedule, it is not uncommon for Helen to take the initiative to help in other areas of the Clinical Neurophysiology Labs even when the workload seems overwhelming.

Jami Howell

Jami Howell, RN
Clinical Nurse Education Specialist

Jami offers an additional listening ear and helps her nursing assistant students when faced with difficulties in class or on the unit. Without any hesitation, Jami engages in problem-solving solutions for her team. Her teaching and mentoring skills are second to none, as evidenced by the success rate and adoration of her students.

Crystal Johnson

Crystal Johnson
Training Project Coordinator

Crystal has been instrumental in the rollout of Epic@UNC in many ways. She has worked with the trainers on their schedule of classes, the venues to determine equipment needs and other resources, and the site managers regarding the schedule and resources.  She worked tirelessly to make sure that the students at these sites received the best classroom experience she could provide, and her hard work and commitment were instrumental in the success of the Epic@UNC rollout to more than 60 clinics.

Antoinette Jones

Antoinette Jones
Housekeeper

Antoinette is an integral employee who continuously works above and beyond her required duties. Patients and staff rave about the genuine and kind spirit she carries on a daily basis. When she walks into the room, patients say that her mere presence is the highlight of their day.

 

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Mark Kostich
Medical Dosmetrist

As a medical dosimetrist, Mark navigates the complexity of physicians’ needs and bridges the gap between plan development and plan delivery in a superb fashion. He also visits patients he knows through his work who have been admitted to the hospital unexpectedly and has helped coworkers, in myriad ways, who’ve been hospitalized.

Bessie Macklin

Bessie Macklin
Pulmonary Function Technologist

For 38 years, Bessie has exemplified excellence in service at UNC Hospitals. She is known throughout the hospital for her wealth of knowledge in pulmonary diagnostic testing and readily shares that knowledge with anyone who wants to learn. Everyone in the department, including the physicians, knows that if they have any problems with testing systems or other computer issues, Bessie can troubleshoot them.

Abdur-Raheem Muhammad

Abdur-Raheem Muhammad
Master Security Officer (MSO)

MSO Muhammad is always prepared to respond to situations that could endanger hospital visitors and employees. Early this year, because of his valiant efforts, and with the assistance of fellow officers, he was able to subdue a violent person whose intent was to enter the hospital and injure a patient. For his actions, MSO Muhammad received the Medal of Valor from the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation. 

Zach Read

Zach Read
Info/Communications Specialist II

In the past two and a half years, Zach has produced an incredible number of powerful stories featuring our patients, employees, providers and researchers. He constantly looks for ways to improve his work and find new ways to share the best stories of UNC Health Care. In addition, Zach contributes greatly to our ‘Clean In, Clean Out’ hand hygiene program and is a valued part of the ‘Code Sepsis’ team.

Brandi Robinson

Brandi Robinson
Clinical Nurse II

Brandi speaks openly and honestly with patients and families, making them feel they are her team’s priority. Her delightful attitude and excellent coordination skills make her an instrumental member of her team. As a frequent charge nurse, Brandi is constantly solving problems and ensuring that our patients are receiving the best care possible.

Jonathan Younger

Jonathan Younger
Administrative Associate

Jonathan has a can-do attitude when asked to perform additional duties. Over the past year, he has been instrumental in redesigning our scheduling templates to improve patient access and schedule utilization. Jonathan’s leadership inspires his colleagues to become even more involved in their work and to take advantage of the opportunities that make a difference in the way staff cares for patients.