Nelson retires from CMC
by The Press and Standard | July 27, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 10:08 am
Sarah Nelson with Moultrie Plowden, chairman of the CMC board of trustees.
Sara Nelson spent almost 39 years working with HCA. And for the past 14 years, she was the first person patients saw when they entered Colleton Medical Center.
As patient access director, Nelson managed the registration department — doing all the paperwork required before the medical staff could begin treatment.
She started with HCA in 1979 at Trident Regional Medical Center, where she worked for 25 years. In 1998, she married the late Bobby Nelson of Walterboro and commuted to Summerville every day until she got a chance to transfer to CMC in 2005. “I was a little leery, because I didn’t know anybody there. But it didn’t take long for everybody to become family,” Nelson said. “I used to say that I just moved from the big house to the little house.
She started in Trident’s financial department and worked her way up the ladder. The first part of her career, she “did more of the back end part of registration.” But after moving to CMC, she handled the actual registration process for both hospital and ER admissions.
“I just worked my way up in the company and it’s been a good ride,” she said. “But I decided it was just time. I wanted to go ahead and start relaxing a little more.”
She’s in the process of selling her house here and moving to the Summerville area to be closer to her two daughters, Kelli and Tiffany, and her four grandchildren.
“I just had a date with my six-year-old grandson. We went to the movies and then went out for ice cream. They grow up too fast — my oldest are 20 and 21, so I missed a lot,” she said. So now she plans to spend her days going to ball games, school events and the myriad of other activities her six- and 14-year-old grands are involved in.
“Sara is a wonderful person who was dedicated to our facility, our community and her employees,” said Jimmy Hiott, CEO of CMC. “She will be missed by all of us.”