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May 23, 2023

Celebrating a team-oriented Partner in Care

IU Health Bedford Hospital

Celebrating a team-oriented Partner in Care

Matthew Sanders doesn’t know the phrase, “That’s not my job.

This neurodiagnostic technician performs and assists with neurological testing throughout the south-central region, and his team knows they can always lean on him for help.

Helping others is very personal for Sanders. After all, he saw his grandfather regularly putting others before himself.

“To this day, I have memories of him giving up his coat in winter to those that did not own one, going and buying food, sleeping bags, and fresh clothes for people without homes, him waking up at midnight and driving to help those in distress or that just needed someone to be with them,” says Sanders. “I have grown up knowing that if I could even do half of what he did to help others, I will be very successful and happy in life.”

His team recently relied on that helpful nature to surprise him.

Fellow neurodiagnostic technician Cherie Patton called Sanders the night before his day off, asking for assistance the next morning, and he agreed.

Only when he went to the break room did he realize it was a setup.

“I was going into our breakroom for coffee when the door opened, and all my coworkers, family members, and IU Health leaders yelled surprise in a fully decorated room,” says Sanders.

The group was there to present him with a Partner in Care Award.

His nominations recounted many examples of Sanders’s living the IU Health values. For instance, his dedication to compassion reflects in the regular patient feedback he receives about how relaxed and welcomed he makes them feel in the office.

Sanders also took the value of team a step further last year when his leader had a leave of absence. From assisting with staffing, helping to guide and implement the Cerner model change, scheduling technician shifts, answering questions, solving problems, and more—Sanders was the team’s go-to during this time.

And even when the spotlight is on him, Sanders is driven to shine it on others.

“I am so thankful to have received the award, but what makes me even more thankful is there are so many people I can think of that are also deserving of the award,” he says. “I am so proud to be a part of the south-central region team and to have met such amazing and selfless people.”

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