Unit secretary Sereatha Branham has worked in the ICU for almost 40 years. She remembers first applying for a job at Boone when she was just 20 years old. She lived in an apartment down the street and walked through a blizzard to apply. She was immediately hired and started work as an ICU tech the next day.
She worked as a patient care tech for more than 20 years, and then spent some time as a supply tech before starting her position as a unit secretary about 10 years ago.
Sereatha says she’s worked with many of the same people for decades, and they have become some of her best friends.
“We are like a big family,” says Sereatha.
One of Sereatha’s nominators notes the hard work she does for the department.
“It amazes me how much she does, from all the secretarial work, to stocking rooms, to always being a listening ear or shoulder to cry on…When someone asks a question the answer is usually ‘You should ask Sereatha,’” they said.
Another nominator mentioned her consistently great attitude.
“Sereatha is always smiling and positive. She treats patients and family members with respect and kindness. She does the same for all of her co-workers,” they said.
Sereatha is particularly known for mentoring new ICU employees.
“I like to make them feel welcomed and encouraged,” says Sereatha.
She is also well known for her cooking and often brings treats to share with her coworkers. She often brings so much that she’ll invite other departments to enjoy her delicious food.
When she’s not working, Sereatha enjoys spending time with her daughter Camille and her companion, Jerome. She loves home improvement projects and likes to listen to R&B and gospel music.
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