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Nurse remembered for dedication, service

Kerry J. Mensching, a nurse and outcomes manager with the Transplant Center, died March 27 after battling cancer. She began working as an inpatient transplant coordinator in May 2003 and later worked as a vascular access coordinator before being named a transplant outcomes manager in 2005. She was 54.
Kerry Mensching
Mensching was born Oct. 16, 1955 in upper New York state. She was remembered for her dependability, faith, dedication to others and compassion for animals.
She also was the founder and president of the Lowcountry’s Grateful Goldens Rescue, a dog rescue group dedicated to the rescue and placement of Golden Retriever puppies and dogs, which she established in 1993.
Mensching is survived by fiancé, Karl Besse of Massachusetts; mother, Marian Mensching of Catskill, New York; sisters, Judy Muller of Summerville and Susan Amdur of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; and other family members. A service to celebrate her life and rescue work will be announced.
Donations in her memory may be made to Grateful Goldens Rescue (GGRLC), 1406 Waterlily Drive, Mount Pleasant, S.C., 29464.
“I still picture Kerry sitting at the table and twirling her glasses! I owe her so much for her dedication in getting us data in a timely fashion and keeping us on track with UNOS requirements and data for several research abstracts. She was truly “Ms. Quality” for the transplant programs. I have never seen her as happy when a few months ago, Laura questioned her about the new ring on her finger! She will be dearly missed.”
—Prabhakar K. Baliga, M.D., Transplant Surgery

“Kerry dedicated her life to saving golden retrievers, and saved over 1,000 dogs through her efforts.  She got me involved in fostering because I was her office mate.   My children have learned how to give love and let it go, especially when it is in the best interest of the dog.  They have learned to share, open their hearts, love dogs of all ages with all kinds of personalities.  I know that these lessons translate into life lessons.  I am grateful to Kerry for helping me teach my children valuable life lessons.  She has left a “paw print” on the hearts of my family.”
—Colleen C. Kovacs, RN, Trident Technical College

“Kerry was a no-nonsense quality manager. She believed in accuracy, and she exemplified integrity. She wanted the transplant center to grow and be the best it could be.  Her hard work paid off.  She expected everyone to be as passionate as she was for transplant. On the flip side, you’d mention a golden retriever, and she’d just melt. She had an inner softness.”
—Sara Stello, MUSC Transplant

“Every day I am thankful for all that Kerry taught me about transplant, her convictions and her ability to demystify the language of UNOS. She had a wicked sense of humor, and was so dedicated to her Goldens. I will carry a little of her with me always.”
—Debra Bernardina, former employee who works at Duke

“For those of you who knew her, we will miss her. For those who didn’t, she is the one instrumental for setting up MUSC with the automated Donornet sites to help patients and M.D.’s better access organs. Her role in this program has helped to make it hugely successful. We are proud to have had the opportunity to help her meet her goals.”
—Jane Lunn, Hospital Communications

“Kerry  had a very strong work ethic and passion for the Transplant Center  and our  patients. She gave guidance and ensured compliance with regulatory changes mandated by UNOS and CMS, which wasn’t always an easy job. She always stayed true to her beliefs and I learned a lot from her personally over this last year about dealing with struggles in our lives. I am grateful for the time that I knew her and will miss her.”
—Katherine B. Taylor, Transplant Business Manager

Friday, April 9

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