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Hospital’s administrative manager wears several hats

Saturday, January 29, 2011

by Alyssa Harvey, The Daily News, originally published on 1/29/2011

Sheron Harper’s official title at The Medical Center at Franklin is administrative services manager, but she does so much more there.

In addition to working for hospital CEO Clara Sumner, the Edmonson County native manages environmental services and hospital volunteers and is a hazard surveillance representative and a Joint Commission patient tracer, which helps evaluate patient care.

She also serves on the safety committee and is a notary public. She is one of a handful of people in Kentucky who are certified health care environmental services professionals, who are certified through the American Hospital Association. She also has DOT Hazardous Materials Training and can teach the hospital staff.

“We’re a small hospital,” she said, laughing. “We have to wear a lot of different hats.”

Many members of Harper’s family work in health care. She became interested as a teen.

“When I was in high school, I went to vocational school for health careers,” she said. “You got aide training for going to that class.”

She worked as a nursing assistant at Turtle Creek, which was located where Rosewood Health Care Center is now, before becoming a home health aide at The Medical Center in Bowling Green in 1977. She stayed in that position until 1984. When she returned to work, she went to orthopedics for a year before returning to home health. Then she went to what was called the “First Lady Suite,” a section of The Medical Center specifically for women.

“They got a rose on their trays each morning and had special bathrobes,” Harper said. “We had a lot of surgery patients.”

She returned once more to home health, became a team leader for the aides and eventually became the aide coordinator. She then went to adult day care as an office coordinator. In 2002, she went to The Medical Center at Franklin and became manager of environmental services before entering her current position.

“I enjoy coming to Franklin,” she said. “(The hospital) has changed so much.”

Since Harper has been there, The Medical Center at Franklin has grown to include new patient care rooms, a medical pavilion and will soon complete an expansion to enhance surgical services. She is also experiencing personal growth. Harper graduated magna cum laude last May with an associate’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University.

“I’m not bored,” she said of her job. “We’re busy here all the time.”

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