Spotlight on Employee Service: Donna Brewer

Donna Brewer will be the first one to tell you that her job isn’t glamorous.  But she’s been doing it…day in, and day out…for the past 40 years.  And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Donna started at TMC in 1972.  She currently works as a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse.  In fact, she was the first nurse to be board certified in the triple field back in 1981.

“I chose ostomy as a specialty because I saw in the unit that people were afraid of working with ostomy patients.  I don’t have an ostomy.  No one in my family has an ostomy.  But I saw what it meant to people to have somebody work with these patients.  I chose to go into this field instead of one that was a little more glamorous.  This is challenging.”

Urodynamics and wound care manager Valerie Crain has worked with Donna for a number of years and says Donna has a real gift of working with this patient population.  “Caring for the patient is her primary focus.  There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for the patient.  She has been creative in solutions to different problems that we’ve had with patients who have ostomies.”

Donna’s day-to-day operations have changed quite a bit since she started.  “My ostomy supplies primarily came through the pharmacy department at that time.  But if I needed something special, I had to walk across the street to the old Danny’s Pharmacy, get special permission, pick up a pink slip, bring it back to pharmacy, and make sure it was okayed.”

Donna has worked in all of the units at TMC – and treated everyone from NICU babies to the elderly.  She calls her experience at TMC “rewarding” and loves that TMC is one level.  Donna, we hope your thoughts don’t change when the tower is completed next Spring!

Her kind heart is shown not only in the compassionate care she gives her patients, but also in the volunteer work she does with those in need, including ostomy patients and women who have Ovarian cancer.  Crain says, “She’s really well-known around here.  She’s like a TMC icon.  Everyone knows Donna Brewer.  And they rely on her advice.  She has a tendency to go above and beyond to take care of whatever that problem is.”

Thank you, Donna, for your 40 years of service to TMC, and Southern Arizona.

Spotlight on Employee Service: Service Pin Ceremony

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again, where we shine the spotlight on some extraordinary employees, and celebrate their many years of service to Tucson Medical Center.  The annual Service Pin Ceremony in which TMC honors employees who have reached a five-year milestone of consecutive service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.

We wanted to dish up some much-deserved kudos for these employees ahead of the event as well.  Starting today, you can read about these incredible people, and their memories from their time at TMC.  This year, we are giving special recognition to  some long-time employees, including one 50-year honoree:  David Howell from Radiology.  David lived on campus during his early days here, where he rented a room for $12.50 a month!  There are some other long-time stars, too, including Nancy Spiller and Tina Aviles, who have been here for 45-years.  There’s another group right behind them at 40-years of service that includes Janie Cook, Patti Kubista, Georgia Turner, Rita Cadava, Vickie Nunez, Carl Lo, and Donna Brewer. 

Each employee has a story to tell, and a rich history to share.  Donna – a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, will tell you about the early days when she had to go to Danny’s Pharmacy across the street in order to get her supplies!  There are many other honorees with amazing stories of friendship, dedication and love for TMC.

The Service Pin Ceremony is TMC’s opportunity to recognize those employees who are truly proud to be here.  Enjoy reading their stories in the coming days.  They may conjure up some memories yourself!

About the ceremony:  TMC’s annual  Service Pin Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.  This year’s theme is the 2012 Olympics – Celebrating TMC’s Medalists.  Everyone celebrating milestone anniversaries this year received invitations in the mail and can bring one guest at no charge.


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