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University Health Care Names 2008 Educator of the Year
(AUGUSTA – Ga.) Pam Anderson, University’s Cancer Services program coordinator, was named 2008 Educator of the Year at a Sept. 19 ceremony in University Hospital’s Levi W. Hill III Auditorium.
Ms. Anderson, a registered nurse, came to University Hospital in 2000, and immediately dedicated herself to a mission of educating women about breast cancer and caring for those diagnosed with the disease.
She is the driving force behind University’s Breast Health Center – a facility dedicated to providing a nurturing environment for women to receive the education and support they need and the dignity they deserve. One ongoing objective of the center is to educate women on the importance of early detection of breast cancer through correct breast self-examination, annual mammography and clinical exams.
Ms. Anderson is an advocate for patients and their families and a problem solver for the many issues that can accompany a cancer diagnosis. She has applied for and received grants to fund free mammograms and education for more than 1,500 uninsured or underinsured women across the CSRA.
Her nominators lauded her dedication and compassion and her numerous accomplishments since coming to University, including implementing the area’s most successful Breast Health program, creating the Pink Magnolias breast cancer support group and developing the area’s only mobile mammography program. She is a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society and its various programs, including chairing the highly successful Relay for Life fundraising event.
As one of her nominators wrote, “It’s never about her… it is always about the patient.” The other nominees this year were:
- June Hart, Orthopaedics
- Julie Hendrick, Women’s Center
- Erin Jarvis, Hemodialysis
- Kevin Lulham, Coronary Care Unit
- Sharon Scott, HealthService Center
- Denise Simon, Emergency Room