Employee Spotlight: Sandy Woods, Medical Records

This August, Sandy Woods will celebrate her 24th anniversary with GIA. She started working in the medical records department pulling patient charts for nurses for that day’s appointments. “I miss paper charts!” Now, she works with a team of five in the Dowell Springs office, still working in a now-revamped system of medical records, sending letters of test results to patients and leaning in to help wherever needed.

“The best part of my job is the people I work with,” Sandy said. “I have a wonderful supervisor and a team that is flexible to accomplish many jobs.” When asked if there’s something her coworkers may not know about her, she responded, “They should know all they need to know, I’ve been here 24 years!”

Some of her patient interaction involves giving directions to the office by phone, but she’s ready to share the significance of gastrointestinal health because “it’s very important to keep up with.” With her family’s history of gastrointestinal issues, Sandy wants everyone to stay on top of screenings.

Self-described as busy and determined, Sandy also loves to unwind outside. “I like mowing and weed eating because it is relaxing to me. I even have a little chainsaw, but I do not garden – I can’t grow anything!”

Spending time with her husband, Bryan, and her daughter and grandson top her list. “Our grandson will be 3 years old this year, and we spend a lot of time with him; he especially loves to swing and ride his balance bike.”

“We do a little camping, but not as much as I’d like.” The family has been camping for years in Cherokee, North Carolina, at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. “It’s our favorite.”