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Transplant employee remembered for caring attitude

Donna Michelle Jenkins, an MUSC Transplant Center employee, passed away June 3 at the age of 42.
Donna Jenkins

Jenkins, also known by her childhood name, Mickey, was born on April 22, 1968. Jenkins began her work at MUSC in the Transplant Scheduling office in February 2008.
Jenkins was a founding member and co-chairperson of the Family Advisory Council for the Children’s Hospital. She was also active in supporting the S.C. Firefighters’ Burned Children’s Fund.  Having a son who was severely burned, Jenkins also was able to compassionately provide support for burn victims and their families for many years.
Jenkins served on several hospital committees including the committee for the design of the new Children’s Hospital emergency room.
She is survived by her husband, Duane “Gerald” Jenkins; children, Meganne and Duane Jenkins, II; her father, Harris Johnson; and other extended family members. Her mother, Alene Johnson; sister, Linda Jones and father-in -law, Joseph Simmons Jr. preceded her in death.
In memory of Jenkins, monetary contributions may be made to the MUSC Children’s Hospital.

“Donna’s passion for bringing patient- and family-centered care to MUSC was contagious, and her energy was boundless. She had a sweet smile and infectious laugh, but she was also strong in her convictions. She was one tough cookie. In a meeting just a few weeks ago, Donna got us ‘fired up’ about ideas for improving the experiences of patients and families who come here. We miss her desperately—but will honor her legacy by continuing her work, and we will keep her children, husband and family in our thoughts and prayers.”
—Maggie Thompson, Medical Director’s Office
“Donna was full of joy and always had a positive attitude. She always put others ahead of herself. She was a woman of integrity. She had an infectious smile and always saw things out of a ‘positive eye.’ She always said, ‘Things are really not as bad as they look.’ Her dedication to the Transplant Center and the scheduling team will truly be missed.”
—Noreen Williams, Transplant Scheduling Department

“Donna was a wonderful member of our Family Advisory Council.  She cared so much about how care was provided to the children and their families. What she has taught me and our staff will be evident every day in the care we provide. To say that Donna will be missed is an incredible understatement. She was a beautiful person.”
—John Michael Sanders, Hospital Administration

“She was positive and loved by all who came into her presence. When you think of Donna, you immediately smile because of the smile she carried daily. Donna was a loving mother always concerned with what was best for her children and her family. She was my friend, and we had many intimate and deep conversations and continued daily to embrace each other and our friendship.
—Contrenia Haynes, Volunteer & Guest Services

“Donna was a warm, giving and cheerful employee.  Her dedication to and role on the Parent Advisory Council, and her love and care with all she did for her children was inspiring. A true Angel. A hearty laugh and wonderful smile was what she gave and what I will remember most about her.”
—Angela Maria Karim, Transplant Services

“Donna was more than just a co-worker; she was like family to me. She was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, and she taught me the importance of giving to those around you. I will carry this principle with me for the rest of my life.”
—Shekinah Simmons, Transplant Center

“The most memorable thing about Donna was her infectious laugh. If she was in a bad mood or didn’t feel well, you didn’t know it.”
—Deborah Carol Jenkins, Transplant Center

“Donna has long been a friend of the Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Burn Service and the Burned Children’s Fund. Through actions and words, Donna set the example for partnership between parents, families, and the health care team. Donna will be missed by all of us who knew her as a tireless advocate for children’s healthcare, as a supporter of partnerships throughout the community, and as a dear friend.”
—Jill Evans, R.N., Children’s Hospital

“Donna was an admirable and virtuous woman. She will be missed.”
—Tamesha Greene Simmons, CPC

“Donna was a sensitive leader who was open to all views. She lit up a room and her caring nature and vitality inspired others. She will be sorely missed.”
—Sandra Oberman, M.Ed., Children’s Hospital

“She made the best gift baskets ever! They were filled with gifts appropriate for the occasion (baby shower, wedding, etc)... She was a very thoughtful person!”
—Laura G. Leonard, R.N., Transplant Center

Friday, June 18, 2010

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