Farmingdale resident Christopher Corcoran was looking for a career change when he took an aptitude test and learned he was suited to be a surgical technologist. After researching the field and completing accreditation, he joined Winthrop-University Hospital's Cardiac Open Heart Team, and has been a valued member of the Winthrop Family for the past nine years.
Recently designated the Hospital's Most Valuable Player for December, 2004, the Farmingdale resident was nominated by numerous colleagues who praised his dedication to the hospital and its patients. He earned the recognition for his expertise, professionalism and outstanding team spirit.
As an integral part of the open heart team, Mr. Corcoran assists the surgeon during operative procedures, as well as sets up the correct instruments for each case and checks the integrity of the equipment, just to name a few of his responsibilities. He maintains a strong work ethic and is extremely knowledgeable about procedures.
According to administrators, he is highly professional and reflects the essence of leadership. His patience and knowledge make him an outstanding teacher. Therefore, he serves as an excellent preceptor for new staff members joining the team.
Never one to hesitate lending a hand to another member of the staff, Mr. Corcoran's outstanding team spirit was praised by a number of colleagues. "Chris is an all-around hustler - no job is out of his work ethic. No matter what we ask him to do, he does it," stated Diane Bendelier, director of nursing for perioperative services.
Marilyn Knowles, nurse manger of the Thoracic Cardiovascular Department, added, "Chris's work ethic is outstanding. He is a team player and cardiac is an important area where we need people to jump in to help with staffing. Emergencies are there for everyone - we ask for help, and Chris will give it. He epitomizes what Winthrop would want to hire in every employee."
Mr. Corcoran loves working for Winthrop "110 percent," he said. "My co-workers are great and across the board, the whole hospital is excellent. And, it's only getting better. We have new operating rooms, and a new cardiac unit was built last year," he added.
Prior to Winthrop, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Fire Department. He earned his certification for surgical technology at New York University.
Mr. Corcoran loves working the flex shift at Winthrop - three 12-hour days a week - since it gives him time at home with his three young children: Christopher John, 7; Alexis, 4, and Tiffany, 3.
Married to Annmargaret, Mr. Corcoran loves spending free time with his family. He is the proud owner of a new 16 ft. boat and loves to fish, as well as play softball.