Carin Borg is March Gold 'U' recipient

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | April 10, 2013

Image with caption: Carin Borg

Carin Borg

Carin Borg wears many hats as the administrative director of the UNMC Department of Surgery.

Asked to describe her job, she sounds like she's reading from a bowl of alphabet soup: part CBO, part CAO, CIO, CFO, COO ...

"Anything and everything is my responsibility," she said with a laugh.

Perhaps Borg's willingness to tackle any job is the reason she is the Chancellor's Gold 'U' Award winner for March. Or perhaps it is her:

  • "Dedication, hard work and compassion." - Tracy Rheault, administrator, cardiothoracic surgery and surgical oncology
  • "Loyalty to the university." - Tracy Krasser, administrator, division of transplant
  • "High performance standards, integrity and accountability." - Gale Wilson, clinic manager, surgery and urology.

"I love surgery. I like being on the leading edge, being progressive and innovative in what we do."

Carin Borg

Borg has been at UNMC for 37 years - though she meticulously points out an 11-month break somewhere in those three-plus decades - starting her career, she recalled, on "Six West for University Hospital."

"I've worked with surgeons for 37 years," she said. "I love surgery. I like being on the leading edge, being progressive and innovative in what we do. But I also like the business side - my job is the best of both worlds. It allows me to use both my clinical background and my business acumen."

Another important facet of her work, Borg said, is helping her co-workers develop and succeed.

"I view my job as being a coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator," she said. "Kind of like a coach who teaches her team the fundamentals of the game and then lets them execute."

In fact, Greg Prorok, a research manager who has worked with Borg in the surgery department for more than 15 years, credits her mentorship as important to his career.

"In her extremely busy world she takes the time to talk to me and support me when I need it," he said.

Kim Songster, the administrator of general and vascular surgery, also cites Borg as a mentor.

"It's nice to always feel like you have someone in the department that will have your back and support you in some of the tougher decisions," she said.

As for Borg, she still loves her work.

"I wouldn't commute (from Lincoln) for 25 years if I didn't enjoy it," she said. "It's a challenge. Things are constantly changing - no day is ever really the same."

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Judy Milone
April 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Carin Congratulations you deserve this honor.

Karen Merwald
April 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Congratulations, Carin! Sounds like you are doing a great job. Glad you are still with us! Karen Merwald RN

Sara Brown
April 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Congrats Carin! Nice to hear your name again! Sara (Goomis) Brown

Laurie Williams, RN
April 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Congratulations Karen and well deserved. You have certainly been a role model to me in all of your roles through out the years!!! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do - and always with a postive attitude and willingness to do what is right

Cindy Skarda
April 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Congratulations Carin! Well deserved!

Genna Campbell
April 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Congrats Carin! You deserve it!

Sue Pope
April 10, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Congratulations, Carin! Very well deserved!

Kathy Austin
April 10, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Congratulations Carin! This is a well deserved honor. You are always there to advise, support and participate. As a fellow administrator I recognize your dedication and vast knowledge. Thank you!