NEWBERRY — Dr. Conrad Manayan has been named Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s Physician of the Year, as voted on by hospital employees.
“Every year the employees vote on Physician of the Year, this year’s winner happens to be a general surgeon who came here a little over a year ago. I’ve known this gentleman for eight years now, and our winner this year is Dr. Conrad Manayan,” said NCMH Chief Executive Officer Bruce Baldwin.
Jessica Piersol, a nurse at NCMH, said Manayan’s compassion towards his patients was one of the reasons she felt Manayan was named Physician of the Year.
“He is very compassionate, I think that’s the biggest thing. You can see it, even if it’s not a patient. I have seen him walk down the hall and stop in if he felt like a patient needed something,” Piersol said. “He’s pleasant to deal with, always very friendly with the staff and he puts patient’s needs first, I think that’s what we all recognize in him.”
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Barry Richardson presented Manayan with a plaque commemorating his Physician of the Year accomplishment.
“We have a great partnership between our doctors, administration, staff and our board and y’all don’t know how much we appreciate what you do, it means a lot to us,” Richardson said. “I haven’t quite known you (Manayan) for eight years, but I’ve heard nothing but nice things about you.”
Manayan was at a loss of words upon finding out he was named Physician of the Year.
“I appreciate all the staff, and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said. “I was extremely shocked because I thought I was coming here to talk to Bruce (Baldwin) about some other hospital stuff.”
Manayan is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he lived until 1979. Before being named Physician of the Year, Manayan worked his way to the top by washing dishes, waiting tables, performing construction jobs and sewing shoes. Before becoming a doctor, he almost went to dental school to become a dentist.