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University Names Its Employee of the Year May 15, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

John Varghese Named University Hospital Employee of the Year for 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. – May 15, 2008 – John Varghese was named the 2008 Employee of the Year at the Hospital Week Service Awards dinner at the Augusta Marriott Hotel Suites on Monday, May 12.

Mr. Varghese, a native of India, came to the United States in 1984 and became the Sleep Lab coordinator on University’s Evans campus in 1995. He has been married to Molly for 33 years and has two adult daughters, to whom he passed on his passion for education and his love of healthcare.

Mr. Varghese was nominated by the mother of a 15-year-old patient who said Mr. Varghese went out of his way to make their time at the Sleep Lab a comfortable and pleasant experience. She said Mr. Varghese was professional and enthusiastic about his work and even came in on a Saturday and bought her daughter breakfast the day of her test.

“John is obviously proud of his work at University Hospital. I can’t thank him enough for his positive attitude and his extra assistance,” she said.

Mr. Varghese's supervisor, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services Teresa Waters said, “the consideration and care that John showed is exactly what he gives every day to each patient, and that is what makes him so exceptional.”

Mr. Varghese was among six finalists for the coveted annual award. Other finalists were Connie Faircloth, assistant nurse manager II; Alma Jones, licensed practical nurse; Angela Kelley, nurse manager; Elizabeth Lewallen, lead payment process coordinator and Carol Mills, executive assistant.

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