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Published on December 22nd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Malinda McCray Receives Palmetto Health Lead By Example Award

Award Given Annually to Leader who Practices Strong Work Ethic and Personal Accountability

Malinda McCray, case manager for the Cancer Health Initiative, is the recipient of Palmetto Health’s Lead by Example Award for 2015. The Lead by Example Award is awarded annually to a Palmetto Health leader who practices strong work ethic and personal accountability. This person is expected to value the work of others, model Palmetto Health values and Standards of Behavior, and exemplify the Palmetto Health Experience. The winner is nominated by other leaders.

As project manager for the Office of Community Health’s Cancer Health Initiative McCray, provides free health education and screening for underserved residents of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties. McCray also manages the case management team responsible for follow-up with patients who have abnormal cancer screening results. She serves Palmetto Health patients with utmost sincerity and concern.

In a recommendation for the award, Stacey McPhail, director of Maternal/Child Health Initiative, said, “[Malinda] is admired as a manager and supervisor not only at Palmetto Health but in the larger community. I have been pleased to observe her growth as a professional and as a leader. I believe that she is an excellent ambassador for the field of health and social work.”

In another recommendation for the award, Valencia Bostic, director of Cancer Health Initiative, said, “McCray is a great leader and a great team player. She understands that we are all on the same team with a common goal, “to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.”

McCray has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  Before joining Palmetto Health, McCray worked for The Nurturing Center, a treatment center for victims of child abuse and neglect, for nine years where she served as an early Interventionist, counselor and intake manager. She joined Palmetto Health in 2001 as a Social Work case manager with the Office of Community Health Cancer Health Initiative.

In her free time, McCray is active in the community. She has been a member of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance since 2010 and also has volunteered at Christ Central, Transitions, S.C. Mission, Lunch Buddies and various Community Health service projects. She is a member of the Biblical House of God Church where she serves in the Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry and on the Executive Board.

Vince Ford, Palmetto Health Chief Community Health Services Officer, believes McCray’s award is well deserved. He said, “She is an excellent coach who clearly recognizes the impact of community involvement and embodies it through her personal and professional life.”

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