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Black History Month Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding SMH Staff

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Sarasota Memorial inducted four new staff members into its 2011 Black History Month Hall of Fame this month. Each year during this special month, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board and health system officials honor a select group of African-American employees who are role models for excellence at the organization and in the community.

Here are this year’s honorees, along with some words of praise from the colleagues and managers who nominated them for our Hall of Fame:

Derrick Brown
Derrick Brown, Public Safety Officer II, Public Safety Department: “Derrick displays a leadership role in the department and in the community ... He receives numerous kudos from both patients and visitors. He is a role model ... demonstrating a positive image and compassion for those he serves.”
Sandra Gary
Sandra Gary, Supervisor, First Physicians Group’s Central Billing Office: “Sandra goes about her job with a smile on her face and a song in her heart... Employees and management alike recognize her genuine nature and respond to her style with top performance.”


Tonia Thompson
Tonia Thompson, Coding Supervisor, Health Information Management: “Tonia is the best! She always goes out of her way to help out. She helped the entire department through the recent transition in leadership.”
Fay Williams
Fay Williams, Administrator, Home Care: “Fay sets the standard for all of us in terms of work ethic, commitment to excellence and business acumen ... She is a visionary.”


The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the hospital board’s meeting Feb. 22. A concluding celebration of Black History Month is being held today in the hospital cafeteria. Congratulations and many thanks to our new Hall of Famers and Black History Month Planning Committee members!

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