She wears five different hats at her job, and she makes each one look good.
At McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Dawn Swan is the executive director of the MRMC foundation, co-director of the auxiliary, assistant secretary to the hospital authority, director of public relations and marketing and administrative assistant to the CEO.
As of April 28, she was able to add "McDuffie County's Administrative Professional of the Year" to that list.
"I was totally shocked and very humbled," Swan said. "I go to work to do my job. I don't expect any recognition for it."
The honor was bestowed on Swan during the 23rd Annual Administrative Professional Luncheon, sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce. About 100 administrative professionals attended the luncheon, which was held in the Family Life Center of Thomson First United Methodist Church.
In his nominating letter, hospital Chief Executive Officer Doug Keir said: "Dawn consistently creates a very high level of professionalism in dealing in the various publics" and does not shy away from "the wide array of challenges in health care."
"Mrs. Swan is the consummate professional in every aspect of her job," he wrote. "She is the most respected staff member and always goes above and beyond for our organization."
Because she has been at the hospital for 13 years, Swan probably has seen her share of challenges. Yet the feeling of respect is mutual. In her recent moments of fame, Swan gave all the credit to the hospital staff, physicians, administrator and volunteers.
"The people I work with are my extended family," she said. "I just enjoy working there. I've got a great boss, and it's just nice to come to work."
Swan and her husband of 26 years, Bubba, have two children, Will and Sara. The family will enjoy a new 19-inch, flat screen TV donated by Badcock. She received flowers donated by Peacock Hill at the luncheon. The meal was prepared by Forward McDuffie Director Mike Carrington and caterer Charlotte Derry and served by Augusta Tech business administration students, Two State Construction and Thomson Roofing bosses and chamber board members.