Marching to the beat of his own Drummer: Long-time employee exemplifies the ‘leaders and best’

October 13, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Key takeaways: 

  • Charles Drummer, a member of the Environmental Services team, has been at Michigan Medicine for 50 years.
  • Drummer said “the most important thing to do is put patients first.”
  • Drummer and hundreds of other staff members will be recognized at next week’s Service Awards ceremony.

For 50 years, employees at Michigan Medicine have seen a familiar face around the hospital: Charles Drummer.

Drummer, a member of the Environmental Services team, joined the organization in 1972 and ever since has been a fixture who works to make a hospital stay just a little bit brighter for patients and their families.

“The most important thing to do is put patients first,” said Drummer, before adding that the most satisfying part of his work is “seeing patients improve while they are with us.”

Drummer will be recognized along with hundreds of other colleagues at the organization’s annual Service Awards ceremony, which this year will be held in-person on Monday, Oct. 17 in the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium.

It will honor employees who have been here for 30, 40, 45 or 50 years.

Finding a home at Michigan Medicine 

In 1968, Charles Drummer’s family decided to relocate from Alabama to the Ann Arbor area. For generations, they had worked to make a living farming other people’s land in the South. They hoped that the move to Michigan would give them more opportunities to establish careers and realize their own American dream.

Drummer’s mother and uncles found work at U-M and, when he was ready to join the workforce in 1972, they helped him find a position at Michigan Medicine. This year marks Drummer’s 50th with the organization’s Environmental Services department. 

When asked when he plans to retire, Drummer laughed and shared that he doesn’t see that happening anytime soon. 

“I love it here, so why would I leave?”

An exemplary work ethic 

Supervisors Maurits Hughes and Deon Foster shared that Drummer’s work ethic is unmatched and that “his presence is felt on a daily basis.” 

Hughes said Drummer’s lengthy career has helped him make an impact on countless coworkers: “All levels of employees know Charles and hold him in high regard,” Hughes said. “He is always here early, more than willing to help, and brings incredible energy to his work. People like Charles Drummer make Michigan Medicine successful and keep us the leaders and best.” 

Stay tuned to Headlines next week as we recognize all of this year’s Service Awards honorees!