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In early June, Department of Anesthesiology Chair’s Executive Assistant Kathy Sutton thought little of being pulled aside to discuss with Department leadership some to-dos likely related to the many roles of her position. Little did Kathy know, the meeting served as a means to keep her occupied while co-workers set up a surprise celebration to recognize her 25 years of employment at UNC.

Kathy Sutton, UNC employee of 25 years, with Chair Dr. David Zvara

Mammoth “25” metallic balloons, flowers and a colorful Edible Art Arrangement greeted a smiling, surprised Kathy as co-workers celebrated her many contributions as an almost 10-year Department of Anesthesiology employee. Her first day as Chair’s Assistant in December 2008 came only a month after Dr. Zvara arrived at UNC. Working closely with Kathy through successes and challenges over many years, the Department’s 9-year chair knows that he unquestionably hired “the right fit.”

Dr. Zvara noted: “Kathy Sutton is an invaluable part of this Department! She was my first official hire as Chair, and that turned out to be a great, great decision for the Department. Kathy cares about everyone in this Department, and it shows in a hundred different ways, from making sure communications go out, schedules are coordinated and faculty meetings are nutritional events! I can’t imagine this program without her.”

Kathy’s 25 years includes working in five other UNC units prior to Anesthesiology – Office of Medical Education; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Arts & Sciences Foundation; Department of Classics; Department of Epidemiology – that reflect on her valued service within the University community. We celebrate all that you have brought to UNC, the Department of Anesthesiology and the University. Thank you.