Employee of the Month 2016
Nadia Ruvalcaba, RN - 3W
"Nadia is one of the dependable charge nurses 3W has. She is always
willing to lend a helping hand. 3W can get incredibly busy and when Nadia
is charge she makes it a point to be in the room with the floor nurse
when the patient arrives. She always greets the patients in a respectful
manner. I've worked with a lot of different charge nurses throughout
the hospital and Nadia is a step above the rest. She is not only an advocate
for her patients but also her nurses. She is a great nurse and I hope
to be as great a nurse as her one day. 3W is lucky to have her,"
Kari Moreno, RN - Med Surg
Nominated by Todd Eshpeter
"When I was behind, Kari stepped up and discharged a patient for
me. This not only made the patient very happy, but allowed me to get home
to my family on time."
Additional Comments by April Matthews
"It was no surprise to me when I was informed that Kari was selected
as a service excellence award winner. Every day Kari shows up with a smile
and a great attitude. Kari is someone who gives 110% every day, every
time, not just to our patients but to her co-workers. She is one of those
people who you can tell got into nursing because she wanted to help people.
She is kind, compassionate, empathetic, and has the ability to comfort
even the most difficult patient. Just last week we had a very difficult
patient, that even the doctors were having difficulty dealing with, but
Kari went in and worked her magic. The patient was so pleased with her
that even when she moved off of the floor she still called Kari for advice
and to advocate for her. This is not an uncommon reaction to Kari; her
file is filled with patient compliments. Her enthusiasm and her ability
to onboard her co-workers has resulted in improved team moral both during
work hours and off. It is not uncommon to see Kari literally chasing after
doctors to get orders for her patients, or watching her make multiple
phone calls to be sure her patients have everything they need. Kari is
a key player in making sure the CDU is successful not only by her good
work at the bedside but also by being a member of the UBC. Kari is a wonderful
example of Kaweah Care, from walking a lost patient to helping a co-worker
in a time of need; she continues to impress me every day."
Cynthia Degroot, RN - ICCU, 3W (9 Years)
1st Nomination by: Mick Hilvers
"Tonight Cynthia made my night possible by staying nearby and helping
with my very ill patient despite having her own assignment. When my patient
took a turn for the worse, she stayed to help her stay comfortable and
reassure the family while she passed away. She was a huge help and a great
example of an RN and leader. The family wants her to know how much they
appreciate her presence and vigilance. She is always an excellent caregiver,
top notch leader, caring nurse and overall perfect example of Kaweah Care."
2nd Nomination by: Stacy Delgado
"I have had the chance to work with Cynthia on multiple occasions
and I can say without a doubt that she is one of the hardest working,
most compassionate nurses I have come across. She is so helpful and caring.
Even when she is drowning with her own patients she can be counted on
to provide a helping hand. Whenever I float to 3W and Cynthia is there
I know I will have a good night because she will be there to answer questions
or help me figure out what needs to be done first. Thank you Cynthia for
all that you do."
Pinky Rose Calica, Charge Nurse - CVICU (7 Years)
Nominated by: Brittany Wedderburn
Pinky Calica is hands down one of the best nurses I’ve had the pleasure
of working with. Pinky takes on many professional roles: charge nurse,
teacher, preceptor, coworker, friend and she excels at them all! Pinky
led our team during a difficult and critical recovery of an open heart
patient last night with ease. Her poised leadership creates a sense of
security amongst the team even in the most chaotic situations. She was
caring, compassionate, and most importantly professional in every aspect.
She is a tremendous co-worker and leader and an invaluable role model
for the unit. We would be at a loss without her. Keep up the good work!!
Chanh Saelee, EVS, (21 Years)
Nominated by: Eileen Paul
They say you never know what you have until it's gone... Well, recently
our housekeeper Chanh was on vacation for 9 days and boy did we learn
this first hand! Most people don't even notice when their housekeeper
is out; we do! Daily, Chanh gets all of the trash on the unit emptied,
she cleans EVERY room (floors are mopped, counters wiped, furnishings
polished and sharps containers emptied; without being asked). At least
2 times a week she vacuums the entire unit; wipes down windows, nurses’
station counter tops, dusts vents, scrubs sinks, keeps the break room
spotless (unlike us RN's, toilets scrubbed, always plenty of toilet
paper and toilet seat covers and makes sure that the laundry carts are
being emptied. During the time she was away, these things didn't happen
:( We are SO glad she chooses to come to work with us in the ICU!
Melissa Marroquin, Cardiac Services - 2N (7 Years)
Nominated by: Dainty Thomas, Kali Martinez and Jennifer Farrell
Melissa is an exceptional charge nurse and continues to be an outstanding
team lead. She is always very respectful of her coworkers and patients.
It is not uncommon for her to go above and beyond to help her colleagues
by continuously communicating with all floor nurses to keep apprised of
what is needed on the floor. She finds the time each day to help floor
nurses while still managing her tasks as a charge nurse. Furthermore,
Melissa will stop what she's doing to help answer call lights. She
is knowledgeable, resourceful, efficient, hardworking, compassionate,
and you can always count on her. She always comes to work with a positive
attitude and a smile on her face!
Susan Angulo, RN - Chronic Disease Management Clinic (5 Years)
Nominated by: Janet Delgado
Susan has shown enthusiasm and commitment to the development of this new
service line at the CDMC. Having come from an acute inpatient area to
our clinic, which is the interface to the community, she brings her diverse
skill set, particularly that of critical thinking.
Every day in the CDMC is a new adventure. Whether I ask Susan to set up
a heart transplant consultation, emergently treat a patient experiencing
acute heart failure in our outpatient setting, or teach a patient for
the 3rd time on how to use a scale to weigh themselves daily - she completes
the mission with grace and enthusiasm.
I would not have enough hours in my day to write out the number of Kaweah
Care Recognitions of which Susan is deserving. Which is sad, because we
at the CDMC have learned to expect an extremely high level of functioning
from her as a daily occurrence. In her humble, yet professional manners,
Susan Angulo raises the bar for professional nursing. Please celebrate
her strengths and the example she sets daily for us all.
Abel Madrid, RN - Critical Care Float Pool (22 Years)
Nominated by: Jemimah Ostrea
Abel deserves this award due to his ability to provide help, support, and
guidance to his co-workers without waiting for co-workers to ask for help.
He jumps right in to help a co-worker having a busy assignment without
For example, I had a very critical patient who was actively bleeding and
was very hypotensive. Abel came in to help me put an OG (orogastric) tube
after the patient's procedure. He also helped me clean my patient
so that the family, who were very stressed and emotional, could see that
their loved one was made comfortable and clean. He also communicated with
the doctors on my behalf about the current status of the patient and put
in telephone orders to change the status of my patient from DNR to comfort care.
Abel helped me throughout the process of the patient's last few hours
of life. He helped me to take care of the family's needs, patient's
needs, and most of all, his colleague's needs, in making sure that
the family and patient was provided the best care possible. These are
the reasons why Abel is deserving of this service excellence award.
Shannon Anguiano, RN, Unit Secretary/CNA Sub Acute (6 Years)
Nominated by: Elisa Venegas and Andrea Dowell Each month the Sub Acute
Unit nominates a staff member to be the unit's employee of the month
by entering all of the Kaweah Care submissions into a drawing. In the
last drawing, Shannon had eight Kaweah Care entries! She had the most
Kaweah Cares by far. The common denominator in all of her Kaweah Care
comments is that Shannon is always helping. She works extra hard to make
sure that patients are showered in a timely manner. She makes sure patients'
needs are met promptly when their assigned nurses are busy. Shannon is
regularly assigned as Unit Secretary but will help her team by taking
an assignment and even coming early to help the night shift. Her hard
work shows how important patient-centered care is to her.
Shannon is always willing to help out the CNAs on the floor. She is always
doing more than expected. She not only helps days, she helps nights. She
will give extra showers, helps with rounds, and is always there to give
a helping hand. She always is smiling and upbeat.