February 2014 Associate of the Month
Susan Hill grew up in Warminster before moving to Doylestown in the sixth grade. As an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, she recalls cardiologist Dr. Bruce Applestein coming in to talk to the students about the heart. "I thought it sounded fascinating!" she recalls. Susan graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School before earning her Associate of Science degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She did a clinical rotation as an EKG tech at Doylestown Hospital during that time.
Susan successfully passed the registry boards as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).
After working at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Susan worked at St. Mary’s Medical Center for five years before joining Doylestown Hospital in June 2002. She assists the interventional cardiologists in the cath lab with procedures including balloon angioplasty and stenting. She is also part of the TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) team. When needed, Susan fills in with the EP lab and helps out as unit clerk.
"I love my job and my co-workers," says Susan. "Everybody is close knit. It’s a family here." She says it’s exciting to be part of the innovation and excellence of the Heart Institute.
According to Michele Clugston, clinical manager of the Cath/EP labs: "Susan has been here for many years and in the past year she has expanded her role to help in many ways. She is enthusiastic about educating her patients so they are comfortable in the procedure.
Susan is hard working, on time, friendly, patient and helpful. She is diverse in her role and excels in all areas where she works. She not only helps in both cath and EP labs, she can also work in the recovery room with medication reconciliation, and she does a great job as unit clerk helping with inventory ordering and stocking. Plus she takes emergency on-call time. Susan was chosen by the physicians to be on the TAVR team and assists at the table with this new procedure.
Susan also has been a preceptor for Gwynedd students in the RCIS program. She is respectful of others, the physicians and patients. Susan is a tremendous asset to the cardiac program and Doylestown Hospital. She is a pleasure to work with daily!"
Susan and husband, Brian, live in Kintnersville with their cat, Lily. Susan enjoys gardening and cooking.