COLUMBIA, SC – October 3, 2007 – Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals recently named Staff Pharmacist Melanie Derden Nurse Support Associate of the Year. Derden processes physician orders, provides drug information and enhances patient care by providing specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and patient outcomes.
A Providence employee for two years, Derden received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia and graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Mercer University.
Her colleagues say Derden deserves the title Nurse Support Associate of the Year because, “her gentle voice and kind smile help in stressful situations. Melanie is compassionate, concerned, and works to provide excellent care to the patients at Providence Hospitals.”
Derden is married to Marty Farrant. They reside in downtown Columbia.
Owned by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine (CSA) Health System, Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals is known statewide for its compassionate care. Our non-profit organization is licensed for 304 beds and is comprised of four entities: Providence Hospital, Providence Heart Institute, Providence Hospital Northeast and Providence Orthopaedic & Neuro Spine Institute. A faith-based health care facility in the Midlands area of South Carolina, Providence employs more than 1,600 caring individuals.
Providence Hospital, located in downtown Columbia, was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine in 1938. The facility is best known for the expertise in cardiac care it provides through Providence Heart Institute, which is recognized statewide as a referral center for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.