Dr. Sandra Brooks
Dr. Sandra Brooks, a pathologist who serves Johnson City Medical Center and Indian Path Medical Center, is one of our three medical staff winners of the Servant’s Heart Award, Mountain States’ highest honor.
She is part of Watauga Pathology and serves as medical director for Indian Path Medical Center and for the Mountain States Cancer Care lab at Kingsport.
She has been with Mountain States for 22 years. Brooks has served on numerous MSHA, Washington County and Medical Staff boards and committees and is very giving of her time and talents to better the organization and improve patient care.
The Servant’s Heart Award honors team members and medical staff members who model the philosophy of patient-centered care. Mountain States introduced the Servant’s Heart Award in 2004 for team members and in 2006 for medical staff members. They are recognized by their peers for exemplifying the meaning of being a caregiver.
Brooks is known for her passion for patient safety and for challenging the status quo in order to further patient safety. She continues to serve on the MSHA Board Quality Committee that works to ensure that we’re providing patient-centered care.
She has served as interim CMO at both facility and system level and as chief of staff for JCMC, was a Quality PI Champion and is a member of the Mountain States board of directors as well as chair of the Washington County Board of Directors.
One of her nominations stated: “She works diligently by wearing many hats at Mountain States as a medical director, pathologist and board member. She is always kind and respectful in all her roles and has dedicated a large portion of her life to her career.”
Another fellow team member wrote that Dr. Brooks “is always mentoring us lab techs. If we have a problem or make a mistake, she is never harsh and always tries to make it a learning experience and builds us up instead of cutting us down. She also puts the patient and their test results as the most important thing. Period.”
Brooks was also described as being “very generous and thoughtful to fellow team members. She comforts us in our sorrows and celebrates in our accomplishments. I consider her a wonderful medical director and am blessed to call her a friend.”