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Angela Duffy, long a nurse, educator and nurse manager in the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, has been named Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Duffy will work with administration and the clinical administrators to keep many types of hospital administrative issues functioning smoothly — from improving the patient admission process to referrals from other hospitals needing the Medical Center’s specialized services to preparation for Magnet designation.
While serving as Nurse Manager for the Burn Center, she also led the nursing policy and procedures committee, and looks forward to continuing that role on a wider scale. In addition, she will be helping with the Joint Commission accreditation process, which occurs every three years.
Duffy’s only regret is the need to transition away from the Burn Center. “The Burn Center is very near and dear to my heart,” says Duffy. “I could never completely let go of it. It’s my passion.
“But I’m extremely passionate about USA Medical Center and the rest of our Health System. I’m a believer in what we do here. It’s where I started. It’s where I’ll finish. I have the utmost loyalty to our hospital, our university, our staff and our patients.”
She looks forward to her new role and the chance to be involved in even more aspects of the Medical Center, saying, “It takes a team to run a facility of this nature.”
Duffy joined the Medical Center staff in 1986 and has worked there for all but three months of the intervening time. She started as a nurse in medical intensive care, filling in at the burn unit from time to time. Called there again on New Year’s Eve in 1990, she had a very intense experience that made her seek out an opening at the center.
She spent 10 years at the bedside, five years as a critical care educator and then returned to the Burn Center at nurse manager in 2002. She was chosen for the prestigious Christie Miree award as the outstanding supervisor for USA this past spring, a tribute to her career and contribution to the USA Health System.
“You spend so much of your time at work,” Duffy says. “It’s all about making a difference in somebody’s life.”
About the University of South Alabama Medical Center
The University of South Alabama Medical Center offers patient-centered care to the central Gulf Coast with unique services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center, plus Centers of Excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services.
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