Rantin: An extra dose of excellence

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306July 26, 2013 

Ellie Basaly

— An internal medicine resident in the Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine residency program has been named top of herclass.

Dr. Ellie Basaly was named the 2013 Resident of the Year. The award acknowledges a resident’s medical knowledge, abilities and commitment to the hospital’s values of compassion, dignity, excellence, integrity and team work.

Basaly, a native of Tran, Iran, was selected from 10 nominees. She currently practices in the Georgetown Hospital System at the Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet.

“I’m not even sure she is aware of how far beyond the call of duty she goes on a regular basis,” Dr. Mary Beth Poston, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, wrote in Basaly’s nomination letter. “She truly leads by example and never asks anything of others she is not willing to do herself. Ellie is renowned for being willing to go well beyond her responsibilities to ensure patients and colleagues get what they need.”

Basaly received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vancover, British Columbia; a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health; and her medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the American Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Palmetto Health Resident’s Council, Graduate Medical Education Council and American Medical Women’s Association.

She received a plaque, a certificate and $2,500.

The other nominees included doctors Sarah Aultman, OB/Gyn; Stephanie Chapman, general psychiatry; Stephen Hill, family medicine; Loren Jack, ophthalmology; Kallie Law, dental; Katherine Mastriani, surgery; Joshua Skaggs, emergency medicine; Caryn Sorge, pediatrics; Justin Walker, orthopedics. Each received a certificate and $250.

Palmetto Health has presented the Resident of the Year Award since 2002. Its residency program is credited with helping the state retain doctors. Last year, 49 percent of the program’s graduates remained in South Carolina to practice.

Officer receives public safety award

Lexington County Detention Center officer Kevin Farley recently received the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2013 Partnership for Public Safety Award.

Farley enforces federal immigration laws at the Detention center under ICE’s supervision. The Irmo resident was honored for going above his normal duties to support and contribute to ICE’s mission.

“Kevin is a valued member of a very strong professional team at the Lexington County Detention Center,” Sheriff James Metts said. “Kevin wants to make sure that everything is done right and that everyone is treated fairly.”

“This award is a partnership award, and Kevin’s flawless work jumped out at us,” said Kevin M. Thompson, who serves as an enforcement and removal operations supervisor for ICE in Columbia. “Kevin keeps up with changes in the process and has been fantastic to work with. Kevin personifies the partnerships that we rely upon.”

Farley is one of only three national recipients of the Partnership for Public Safety Award. He came to work at the Detention Center in February 2008.

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