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Certified Surgical Technologist-First Assist Peggy Named Employee of the Month

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto
Certified Surgical Technologist-First Assist Peggy Named Employee of the Month

Certified Surgical Technologist-First Assist Peggy has received the North Oaks Health System Employee of the Month Award for February 2016.

“As a surgical technologist, I live by our profession's motto 'Aeger Primo,' which is Latin for 'the patient first,'" Peggy shares.

Peggy joined North Oaks in 1998 as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). In 2008, she became CST Team Leader and accepted her current position in 2013.

She lives in Livingston with her husband Jack and their children—Madelynn, 17, and Jacob, 15.

Peggy earned a certificate in Surgical Technology from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge in 1995 and her national CST certification in 1996. She graduated from the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 and earned national certification in Surgical First Assisting in 2005.

For the past 10 years, Peggy has served on the Louisiana State Assembly Board of Directors for the Association of Surgical Technologists in various roles. In May 2015, she was elected to the National Association of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors. She also belongs to the Association of Surgical Assistants.
“Peggy’s primary role is to assist our physicians as the team leader for ear, nose, throat, neuro and plastic surgeries. She is very dedicated and skilled—always advocating for her patients. So it came as no surprise when she recently received her profession’s highest honor, the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists Award," affirms Terri Lewis, Vice President of Surgical Services.