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Kathy Brady-Porter

Kathy Brady-Porter works as an Administration Officer in the Department of Radiology.

Here's what Kathy's nominator has to say about her:

I am nominating Kathy Brady-Porter to be featured by Women of UCSF Health. Though her role does not always place her achievements or daily endeavors on stage or in the spotlight, Kathy’s efforts positively impacts every technologist, supervisor, manager and eventually the patients in the Radiology department. For a department of 400 plus team members, Kathy is the string that binds us and the glue that holds us together. She is conscientious and detailed oriented, often wearing several hats in the department. She is the sounding board, the counselor, the confidant, the organizer, and the person that reminds us about items that may have slipped thought the cracks. Kathy genuinely cares for people at UCSF and realizes that though she may not work directly with patients, the effectiveness of her work does eventually impact patient care. She brings her heart and soul to work every day and though she knows a lot about others in the department and across the UCSF enterprise, not many people know about her.  Alpana Patel Camilli, Radiology Diagnostic.

Tell us about your UCSF journeyI have worked for UCSF for thirteen years in a few departments: Care Coordination, Apex and currently in Radiology.  Prior to UCSF I worked in the banking industry and then spent a decade working from home handling medical billing which allowed me to spend time volunteering at my children’s schools.  In between I also became a certified coder.

The Radiology department is unique in that some people will spend their whole career in this department.  We have employees that have worked 20, 30, 40+ years together, all working side-by-side.  This fosters a family environment both at and away from work.  We have very strong bonds with co-workers and teamwork is key. 

My job is to support our Operations Director and also assist the rest of our team of about 400 people spread over five sites.  Because our department is so big and constantly growing, I don’t always get to meet everyone face-to-face; but they all seem to know my name from the various emails that I send out!  It’s always a pleasure when you do get to meet fellow employees personally and put a face to a name.

Working at UCSF has taught me that a hospital is more than just a building, people make the hospital and when you have good people, success follows.  Our entire staff from the receptionist that greets the patients to the assistants, technologists, nurses and doctors, are all dedicated to caring for each individual patient and I take great pride in being a part of this process.  

What do you like to do outside of work?  Outside of work I like to spend time with my husband, four children and two grandchildren.  We are fortunate that everyone has stayed local and see each other regularly.

What’s on your reading list?  I typically like non-fiction, however I am in a book club and that inspires you to read other books that you would not typically read.  The last book we read was Educated by Tara Westover.

Do you have a favorite song?  All the holiday music.  This is my favorite time of the year.

What's your ideal weather?  Since I am a native San Franciscan, I like mild climates – not too hot or cold.

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