Kelly has worked at Kaweah Delta for over 15 years in a variety of roles.
With her years of experience and passion for people, Kelly has developed
a reputation for taking on projects not operating efficiently and turning
them into thriving and vital programs at Kaweah Delta and in the community.
Kelly operates in the future and is always looking to make things better
and brighter. She always demonstrates kindness and goes above and beyond
to help others. Her work this year for the Hospice and Kaweah Kids programs
have made a difference in the lives of our team and patients. Kelly is
a world-class employee and an amazing role model of Kaweah Delta’s mission.
Registered Nurse, ICCU-15
Nominated by Shannon Cauthen
Sharmyir sets the bar high for all nurses, and is a wonderful role model
for all staff. She guides and mentors her new colleagues to help them
learn to provide the same world-class care to their patients.
Once during her time as an LVN around the Thanksgiving holiday, she heard
a patient lamenting that she would miss the sweet potato pie that she
normally enjoyed with her family during the holidays. Shamyir's response
was to go home and bake a sweet potato pie and take it back to the patient.
This small gesture is just one of the many examples of her personality
that exudes thoughtfulness towards her patients, and a trait that she
has demonstrated time and again on 5T.
Kim Diep, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Nominated by Rheta Sandoval
Kim demonstrates outstanding “above and beyond” service to
our patients, physicians, colleagues and customers of Kaweah Delta. Without
question, Kim is a role model for the provision of excellent service.
She provides patient-centered care and has a strong clinical and interpersonal
skill set. Kim maintains advanced certification, is a wealth of knowledge,
and Pharmacists, Physicians and Nursing staff regularly seek her out for
her sage advice and support. Kim is highly professional and epitomizes
Dietary Clerk, Food & Nutrition Services
Nominated by Kris Daugherty
Melissa is highly thought of by her co-workers. Her level of knowledge
of the Diet Office operations, combined with her approachable demeanor,
makes her an excellent resource for new employees. Melissa’s co-workers
appreciate her communication skills and her willingness to always help
others. Regardless of the circumstance, Melissa remains calm and handles
every situation with professionalism and tact. If employee cloning were
possible, we would be first in line so that we could have more team members
just like Melissa.
Certified Nursing Assistant, Surgery Center
Nominated by Princess May Milan and Orva Johnson
Martha is an exceptional employee. She embodies Kaweah Care in all aspects.
She is a hard worker, a team player and very caring to her patients. She
always comes to work with a smile and a positive attitude that radiates
throughout the department. As a CNA, she anticipates the needs of the
patients and her Nurses that keeps everyone on track. We work in a fast
paced environment (ASC), and she is an extraordinary worker!
Registered Nurse, Cardiovascular ICU-CVICU
Nominated by Ed Largoza
Alison consistently provides world-class care to her team and patients.
She is attentive to the needs of others and genuinely makes every effort
to ease the concerns of patients and their families. She is well-respected
by her colleagues and physicians due to her outstanding clinical skills,
positive “can-do” attitude, and her caring heart. Alison embodies
the best that Kaweah Delta has to offer and we are lucky to have her on our team.
HR Analyst, Human Resources
Nominated by Eileen Paul
Nicole is a gem in the crown of the Human Resources Department. She completes
every assignment with courtesy, respect, and professional service that
go above and beyond expectations. Nicole is friendly, approachable, and
supportive, and her delivery of world-class service is truly an example
for others. Thank you, Nicole! You are appreciated
by so many.
Community Health Worker II, Prime Projects
Nominated by Alma Torres-Nguyen
Estee is energetic, enthusiastic, innovative, and fun! She completes every
goal she sets and finds a way to rise above barriers to make great things
happen. She takes on projects beyond her scope and works tirelessly with
others to make them a success for Kaweah Delta and the community. Estee
empowers others to be their best and we are lucky to have her on the Kaweah
Certified Nursing Assistant, ICCU-13
Nominated by Stacy Delgado
Josh is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable as a Respiratory Therapist.
He takes time to talk to patients about their worries and is a calm, reassuring
presence for them. Patients often remark about how helpful and kind Josh
is. There are a number of other reasons why Josh is deserving of the Service
of Excellence Award, but the main one is his willingness to go above and
beyond to help those in need.
Certified Nursing Assistant, ICCU-13
Nominated by Shannon Cauthen
Lily is dedicated to her career, patients, and family. She is thoughtful
and inclusive in the delivery of her nursing care. She is careful, considerate,
and a terrific patient advocate. Lily is always on time, always dressed
professionally, and is the perfect example of a committed employee. She
treats all of her patients as though they are her family and brings with
her a sense of peace and reassurance. Kaweah Delta is proud of the outstanding
person she is.
Cook, Food & Nutrition Services
Nominated by Tina Alafa
Renee is delightful and pleasant to everyone who comes through the display
cooking line. She is an amazing cook, very personable, and seems to enjoy
her job. Renee is a true asset to us all and the perfect reflection of
Medical Librarian, Medical Library
Nominated by Chris Patty
Karen is an unsung hero at Kaweah Delta and a valued member of the Office
of Research. She works with many of our nursing, medical, and pharmacy
students to assist them with scholarly projects and goes outside the library
walls to help departments improve practice. She is always willing to take
an active role in empowering staff through education and regularly sends
extensive digests of medical literature to staff. Karen is also a member
of our Institutional Review Board (IRB) and takes her responsibility seriously,
expediting research study approval and protecting human subjects. She
is an indispensable member of the patient care team at Kaweah Delta.
Kristin Braswell, RN
Clinical Documentation Specialist
Laura Vidal Villarreal, Christine Thomas, Elizabeth Hupp, and Rosie Alavezos
Kristin is an amazing human, friend, and co-worker. She goes above and
beyond in her CDI duties, is always available to help her co-workers.
She is a great resource person and often helps solve problems. Kristin
is intelligent, hardworking and carries a lot of responsibility in the
department. She affects positive change and productive outcomes, and is
a pleasure to work with. Her quiet humor is priceless and she always has
a great attitude. Kristin has done an amazing job the last 6 months. When
asked to help with a second level review process back in February to assist
with quality documentation and coding, she jumped at the opportunity and
has consistently found errors that she has worked diligently to correct
with both the physicians and the coders to ensure that the documentation
for each case is correct and accurately shows the course of treatment
and correct diagnoses. She has tirelessly worked with physicians and contract
coders to ensure that each record is accurate. Kristin has gone above
and beyond her normal scope of practice in ensuring this new process is
successful. The corrections she’s made directly affect billing and
reimbursement for the hospital, and she has done an amazing job at stepping
up and taking on this difficult task. Kristin is a huge asset to our department
and we don’t know what we’d do without her.
Registered Nurse, ICCU-3W
Nominated by Dora Salazar
Joyce is an awesome nurse. Besides being a great provider of care and a
patient advocate, Joyce is extremely knowledgeable in her field and shares
her knowledge with staff, patients, and families. Being part of UBC, the
HAPI team, CAUTI team, skin prevalence team, post-pyloric certified, mentor,
USIV certified and trainer, Joyce learns a full spectrum of care and shares
her knowledge with everyone she can. Joyce is also involved in performing
unit-based training for US bladder scan and is a dedicated resource Registered
Nurse for 3West staff. She is also in an RN-BSN to RN-MSN program. In
her studies, she often shares to our staff articles pertaining to our
patients. Joyce has also helped present stroke awareness to the community
at the farmers market. 3West is very lucky to have Joyce assigned to our unit.
Health Unit Coordinator, Oncology 3S
Nominated: Shannon Cauthen
Chris is an outstanding HUC; one of the very best within the Hospital.
As Kaweah Delta has worked more diligently to focus on throughput of patients,
Chris has graciously adapted to the process by being an exemplary communicator.
He maintains contact with all of the nurses and case managers on his floor
to ensure he has the most accurate and up to date information regarding
discharges for the day. Beyond that, Chris takes the information he is
given and immediately updates the assignment board at the front of the
unit to communicate with all members of the care team. If Chris has been
tied up working on other tasks (of which there are many) and he hasn’t
been able to update the board, he updates me as soon as he sees me walk
onto the floor. Chris is an exemplary role model and should be commended
for his leadership and dedication to the betterment of our organization.
Thank you, Chris, for doing right by our patients and for making my job
a little bit easier and more pleasant
Physical Therapy Assistant II
Nominated by: Rosie Arroyo
Joe is a very dedicated employee who is always advocating for our patients
and is always cheerful and respectful to anyone he comes in contact with.
On a daily basis, the Care Management department works hand in hand with
the Physical Therapy department to determine patients’ needs at
home. Joe is always available to us in helping with our requests. Anytime
we need a quick evaluation with a recommendation, he will jump right in
and give us quick documentation if necessary. Even if it is not a patient
he has on his list, he will help out when he can to find a resolution.
He is an asset to the Physical Therapy department and Kaweah Delta, and
is frequently recognized by co-workers, staff, patients and their families
for his compassionate care. Joe is an educator by nature, not only by
teaching his patients, but also by always being willing to mentor and
educate other staff, students, volunteers, and new hires. Joe has excellent
clinical judgement and skills, and consistently goes above and beyond
for his patients. He works with some of our most medically complex patients
addressing their physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs thus gaining
their trust resulting in greater gains with physical therapy.
Joe is humble and is truly motivated by the relationships he establishes
with his patients, their families, and the recognition he receives from
these relationships. Joe is most definitely an asset to the Therapy Department
but most importantly to our patients.
Darius Mendoza, RN
Nominated by: Hilary Christian
You are genuinely the most caring, selfless, vigilant, protective, hardworking,
committed, loyal, and just straight dependable nurse I have ever encountered
(and probably will ever encounter). You deserve so much more than what
words can express. THANK YOU! You put 200% into your work and I appreciate
you - You are always ready for the worst and react as though someone is
about to be hit by a car. It's insane and just incredible. I am not
exaggerating, I promise - You are genuinely like a guardian angel. You
can handle whatever obstacles come your way and you care so much about
safety with both staff and making sure the patients are being safely de-escalated.
I can't express my gratitude enough and I hope that you continue to
be a charge nurse because you exceed the expectations of what a charge
nurse entails. I wanted to give you my upmost respect and recognition
through this Kaweah Care recognition. Darius, you're a hero - Thank you!
Kelly Gentner, RN
Nominated by: Felicia Vaughn
I received an email from a mother baby nurse who wanted to let me know
just how appreciative she was of one of my NICU night nurses. This is
what she sent me. Kelly was recently floated to Mother-Baby unit. This
particular evening was extremely busy, all, and any help was much needed.
Kelly pitched in as much as she could. What was outstanding and truly
an example of service excellence was Kelly's compassion and commitment
to her sister colleagues. An RRT situation arose on one of the mothers
and Kelly just jumped in and took care of my other babies without my direction.
She did vital signs, updated feedings in the EMR, performed blood sugar
check and intervened with a hypoglycemic infant knowing that I was occupied
with by critically ill patient. Kelly is a NICU nurse that I can trust
and has always been a good resource when I have had questions about my
babies. This particular evening Kelly truly displayed service excellence.
Kelly is often recognized by her peers for her helpful demeanor, her ability
to share her knowledge with new staff, her commitment to her colleagues
when staffing is low, as well as parent recognition in follow up surveys.
Kelly has been a true win for the NICU. Please consider her nomination
for Service Excellence.
Shaun Bagley, RN
Admissions/Transfer, Bed Allocation
Nominated by Keri Noeske
Shaun Bagley goes above and beyond to help patients, staff, and community
partners. Working as an RN in the Admissions/Transfer Center, it is imperative
for Shaun to maintain relationships with other regional hospitals. This
can be difficult when every medical facility faces the same admissions
challenges, but Shawn is excellent at building relationships and anticipating
needs within our organization and others. He collaborates with specialists
and other hospitals and takes the time to explain and work with them when
they call for a patient transfer. His honesty, compassion, and respect
for others are appreciated by all who come into contact with him. Shaun
truly cares about patient outcomes and uses his knowledge and experience
to continually improve patient access in the community. Even when he cannot
accept a transfer (most times due to capacity issues), Shaun does everything
he can to help patients and community health partners by recommending
other facilities and helping them find solutions. Shaun’s commitment
to quality of care and fast action when it comes to patient transfers
has saved at least one life. He is a valued member of the Kaweah Delta
team and models the behaviors we hope to see in each of our employees
including compassion, strength, patience, and a commitment to excellence.
Nomination by Ed Largoza
I had the pleasure of serving alongside Bradley at the Holiday Meal for
our night shift. Bradley was professional, hardworking and extremely supportive
in our efforts to feed the large, hungry masses that turned out for the
celebratory meal. Even more amazing than his work ethic was his relationships
with his co-workers. Person after person that went through the line stopped
to give Bradley a boisterous greeting. It was obvious that the enthusiastic
salutations erupted from a place of genuine respect and affection for
this special individual. The friendly relationships he has fostered over
the years was on full display that night!
Bradley wears a warm, infectious smile on his face and welcomes all with
sincerity and good will. Bradley embodies all the tenants of Kaweah Care
and his consistent high quality service makes him an ideal candidate to
receive our Service Excellence Award. Thank you and job well done Bradley!
Alexandria Caviglia, LVN
Float Pool (9 Years)
Nominated by: Shannon Cauthen
Alex is one of those individuals we simply couldn't survive without.
As a Float Pool LVN, she has taken it upon herself to become certified
and trained in all the therapies needed to be a valuable asset to our
patients. Because she is an IV super user, a CAPD-trained LVN and a Wound
Vac expert (just to name a few) she makes a great house impact nurse and
the floors are always grateful to see that she is here. Because she is
a great LVN and impact nurse, she gets a lot of phone calls asking for
help; often bypassing her own breaks to make sure we provide optimal care
Alex is often asked to attempt or manage difficult and unpleasant tasks
and she always does so without complaining. She is frequently stretched
thin as she is pulled from one floor to the next, balancing one task with
the next. She manages her time efficiently and makes sure everyone gets
the help they need.
I am confident we do not express our gratitude to her often enough. For
that reason, I would like to nominate her for Employee of the Month. I
cannot think of someone more deserving.
Andres Ramirez, Sr.
Sr. Financial Analyst (6 Years)
Nomination by Jennifer Stockton
Andres celebrated his seventh service anniversary in the Finance department
at Kaweah Delta in January. I would like to nominate Andres for the Service
Excellence Award due to his consistent exemplification of the Behavioral
Standards of Performance, compassionate service, respect, communication,
personal ownership, professional image and commitment to colleagues. Recently,
Andres led the development of new tools to create an improved financial
statement package that is now utilized by Finance leadership, the Executive
Team and the Board.
Andres took on this challenge in addition to his normal scope of duties,
which are already quite complex. He explored new Excel tools and watched
internet videos on ‘how-to’ each night at home until he found
the ideal and most efficient way to perform the task. Andres is now responsible
for the day-to-day treasury management and debt compliance functions within
Finance, but has also previously had the functions of accounts receivable
reconciliation and physician and service contract management. During his
tenure with each of these roles, he found ways to improve workflow and
make the process more efficient and accurate.
Andres has consistently been recognized for his kind and helpful attitude
as well as his great work in these areas by his peers and members of Kaweah
Delta's leadership and executive teams. At the same time, he is truly
committed to his Finance team members. He is always willing to take the
time to help any of them as the ‘go-to’ person for Excel in
the department, even offering to conduct lunch learning sessions. He is
positive, caring, professional and respectful at all times and a true
role model to his colleagues. He is known for his quiet demeanor and great
sense of humor. I'd like to thank Andres and recognize him for his
significant contribution to Kaweah Delta.
Angie Pimentel, RN
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (29 years)
Nominated by Tina Clontz
Angie is someone who exemplifies commitment to excellence. She is a positive
influence for the team, cares about the community by feeding the homeless,
is an excellent preceptor, has taken on UBC chair, and is a mentor to
the new generation of Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurses. Her years
of experience have molded her into the kind of nurse all nurses should
strive to be. I worked with her on a night when she had worked all day
and was on call all night. After being awake 22 hours straight, she was
as positive as the moment she walked in the prior day when we left after
7 a.m. - most nurses can't do this well. It is a pleasure to work
with her and she is a great asset to the team.
Patient Transport Aide (6 Years)
Nominated by Tammie Hoffman and April Matthews
Robert Tercero has worked for Kaweah Delta for the last six years in patient
transport. He is probably one of the friendliest people that work at the
medical center. I think most people have met him and would recognize him.
He brings strong assets to his role and our group, we are incredibly fortunate
to have him. He is dedicated and hardworking. He is extremely organized
and focused on continuously learning and developing best practices to
manage routine activities both efficiently and effectively. He brings
a positive high energy and a personal touch. He brings true professional
attributes to Kaweah Delta and genuinely cares about delivering excellent
quality work. He is a vital part of the team and is a great role model
for everyone. From the start, he gets to know the new hires as he goes
to every hospital orientation to educate the new staff. He knows how to
make the new hires feel comfortable from the start. He has been known
to take new staff under his wing to make them feel comfortable by taking
them out to lunch. He is always professional and takes the Kaweah Delta
behavioral standards very seriously. He always goes above and beyond for
his fellow colleagues, patients, and visitors. Before he leaves a patients
room he will always make sure they are comfortable and they are safe.
He anticipates needs and does not need to be asked to spring into action.
Not only is he very friendly, he is not afraid to speak up and voice his
concerns whether it be a patient safety issue or holding his colleagues
accountable. One of the most impressive things he does is he continually
strives to improve the Kaweah Care culture around him. He is a great asset
to Kaweah Delta and we really appreciate him. He is motivated and positively
engaged, serving as a true inspiration.
Andrea Gregory, RN
Wound Care Nurse III, Acute Wound Care Department (22 Years)
Nominated by Dean Christensen and Beth Nelson
Andrea Gregory goes above and beyond to help advice our unit with wound
care. Since we have had our in house wound nurse retire, we have had to
rely on Andrea for Help and advice. She is a resource for new products
and proper procedures. She is always available to talk to and consult
with. I cannot think of a better person who represents Kaweah Care than Andrea.
Andrea has been recognized on multiple occasions for going above and beyond
to help advise staff on wound care. Whether it is in the moment on the
unit, or in a UBC or Unit Staff meeting, or a formal educational offering,
Andrea has consistently made herself available to staff to help elevate
their understanding and ability to care for wounds throughout our organization.
She will stay at the bedside and help staff learn how to apply a new or
difficult wound vac dressing, and answer questions until they feel comfortable
and capable to continue with the care on their own. She is an expert in
her field as a Certified WOCN, and recently precepted a nurse from Valley
Children’s Hospital here to gain the clinical hours she needed to
completed her WOCN as well. Andrea consistently goes above and beyond
to provide excellent wound care for our patients and to help the staff
and providers understand how to care for the patients. She is compassionate,
committed to colleagues, and provides consistent support and communication
for staff, as a patient advocate.
Rudy Gonzales, RN
Lead Mentor, Emergency Department
Nominated by Erin Marquez
Rudy has been a huge asset to the Emergency Department (ED) over the last
several months. He recently took on the role of lead mentor in the ED,
but he always goes above and beyond when it comes to helping out our staff.
He is our Unit Based Council (UBC) chair and is very active in our staff
meetings, our CUSP team, as well as orienting all of our newly hired nurses.
Rudy has made it his mission to provide better initial training for our
newly hired RN staff. He also helps to organize the Kaweah Delta booth
at the local downtown farmers' market. You never see Rudy without
a smile and a warm greeting. He is amazing with our patients and is someone
who exudes compassion for everyone. He is a phenomenally caring person
and truly cares for every soul he comes into contact with. It's always
important to Rudy that EVERYONE (staff member, patient, family, etc.)
feels special and welcomed into the ED. Our department truly would feel
a void without Rudy.
Pharmacist, ISS Applications Services
Nominated by David Crowther
Blake is a strong example of compassionate service, commitment to colleagues,
respect, and personal ownership. He regularly sacrifices his own time
and effort to assist colleagues with drug shortage management. Blake not
only assists colleagues with the IT tasks that are his direct responsibilities
but also takes the time to explain things and teach everyone, so we can
better understand the situation, systems, etc. It is very apparent that
Blake is committed to patient care, Kaweah Delta, his colleagues, and
the community. He always shows great respect and professionalism even
in difficult/heated situations. Seeing Blake's qualities and work
ethic makes us want to be better in our role.
Blake is always so helpful when taking care of computer issues. He combines
his desire for IT work with a thorough knowledge of therapeutics. Blake
makes things right usually fixing items that day. He checks with stakeholders
for possible unanticipated problems, and then checks back for feedback
on the results.
Blake has worked diligently on correcting and clarifying potential pharmacy-related
order issues identified after KD*HUB go-live. Even prior to KD*HUB go-live,
you could count on Blake for prompt responses and follow through to pharmacy-related
ISS inquiries. Blake is accessible and quick to respond. Blake's clinical
experience and IT skills make him an excellent resource. Blake's personality
is easy-going and pleasant. Blake's can-do approach is appreciated.
He is an excellent communicator, with a great attitude and contributes
Nominated by Ed Largoza and Beth Nelson
Shannon is one of those dynamic individuals that embodies Kaweah Care.
As a House Supervisor, she carries a massive amount of responsibility
in overseeing the activities of the medical center. In this role, she
serves as a tremendous resource for our patient, clinicians, support staff,
and leaders. Ms. Cauthen always keeps our patients well-being at the center
of her decision-making while still respecting the perspective of families,
employees and physicians. She also serves as an advocate for our staff;
regularly bringing forth ideas to boost staff support and encouragement.
Shannon is a proponent for collaboration and high-quality communication,
and actively involves the necessary parties when dealing with large scale issues.
She is a superb mediator that uses her diplomacy and grace to massage tension-filled
situations and bring about compromise and a deeper mutual understanding.
Many of us have witnessed Shannon’s problem-solving talents as she
routinely diffuses hostile patients with quick thinking, active listening,
and kindness. She also helps manage interpersonal conflicts amongst our
team members and is a strong proponent of teamwork and unity.
Shannon is never scared to think outside the box and the positive reputation
shes earned over the years allows her ideas to be seriously considered.
Her broad vantage point as house supervisor helps her identify challenges
related to ineffective processes. In her role, she also serves as a reminder
of our behavioral standards of performance and willingly has crucial conversations
if ownership or accountability is lacking. Although Shannon has a lot
of authority and autonomy, she is humble, and acknowledges her decisions
aren’t always perfect. She takes ownership and doesn’t dwell
on the negative, but uses every challenge as a launching point to be better.
Shannon is an exemplary employee and is greatly deserving of being celebrated
as Employee of the Month.
Tara Norman, PT III
Physical Therapist (10 Years)
Nominated by Keri Noeske
Tara is a champion for every rehab patient and every rehab team member.
She is always ready to bring new education, ideas and energy to a group.
Tara makes contact with most of the nurses in our district through the
stroke class. She shares insight to patient care in a manner that makes
sense for people in their roles. She teaches the stroke class, the advanced
transfer class for the rehab team and has helped to start a research committee
Tara is a highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable clinician that provides
exceptional patient care. She is continually being recognized by her patients
and peers for the work she does to help each patient achieve the most
they can while in her care. She also continually seeks growth and advancement
and has become our therapy clinical educator this past year, doing this
about 25% of the time and is very accountable in this role in achieving
goals and completing projects. I highly support her in receiving this
Christy Kennedy, RN, ASC
Registered Nurse (16 Years)
Nominated by Maria Howe
Behavioral Standards of performance:
• Compassionate Service: kind and caring to all patients and family
• Respect: considerate of coworkers and patients privacy
• Communication: complete and thorough communicator
• Commitment to Colleagues: Chris checks on her days off to be sure
we are staffed, often comes in extra to help
I have worked with Christy Kennedy for many years and her passionate commitment
to patients, patient families and coworkers is exemplary. She has helped
direct our ASC team throughout our remodel transition, as we move floors
and manage patients through their surgical process. She is calm and competent
in a critical situation. She has been a good friend and coworker for many
years, for thisIi am very thankful! Thank you for your tremendous kind
and compassionate care!
Maria Marquez, RN
2 North (29 Years)
Nominated by: Rebecca Vieira
It gives me great pleasure to nominate Maria Marquez for employee of the
month. She has been an employee of Kaweah Delta for 29 years. 17 of those
years I had the pleasure of working with Maria. In that time, I have been
witness to what an extraordinary person, nurse, and colleague she is.
When I think of a person that I would want to emulate and who I admire
the most, it would be Maria. She never ceases to amaze me.
First let me discuss her work ethic. There is no job to big or small that
she cannot tackle. Most nights you can find her; at her patient’s
bedside holding their hand, comforting them, or educating them about their
diagnosis. With her selfless character, you can find her filling the role
as a CNA for her patients. Giving total patient care, most of these shifts.
Not because she has too, but because this is just the character and work
ethic she has. She is the nurse that I want by my side, during those long
difficult nights. When you need help she is always there to lend a hand.
If I or my loved one was a patient. I would want Maria to care for them.
She is the most selfless, humble, and compassionate person I have ever met.
She has taken care of her elderly parents for over 9 years, while maintaining
a full time job, and juggling the role of a single mother. Rarely missing
a school function, even working most weekends just so she could be home
during the week for her boys. She is always helping others and puts the
needs of others before her own. When my mother was in the final hours
of her life, it was Maria who was there for me in the middle of the night.
During her funeral when I was a loss for words it was Maria that spoke
for me and said the things that I had no voice for.
As an active member of CUSP/UBC. She has taken a lead role in projects
like Glucommander. Helping to develop algorithms and education for better
patient outcomes. She has helped to revamp our NODA program (No one dies
alone).So that no patient would be alone in their final hours of life.
She has been a mentor and preceptor to new nurses. She is Stroke certified
and has her National certification in medical surgical nursing. She is
hoping to obtain her Heart failure certification and eventually her BSN.
Thank you Maria for being a fantastic Nurse, mentor and coworker. Your
selflessness, compassion, and dedication to nursing, truly reflects the
spirit of this award.
Bradley Donabedian, Respiratory Therapist (16 Years)
Nominated by: Shannon Anguiano
Brad is an awesome person to work with; he always has a positive attitude
and makes your day awesome no matter how hard it might be going. He is
a hard worker always helping us on answering call lights and helping take
out dirty linen bags. He is a great lead Respiratory Therapist at South
Campus. The staff and patients all love him. He always has a positive
attitude and a warm smile. He spends the extra time needed at the bedside,
making the patients and families feel very well cared for. Brad in just
an awesome person to work with and we are glad to have him on our unit.
It is a pleasure to work with him.
David Gonzalez, CNA, ICCU-3W (3 Years)
Nominated by: Stacy Delgado
I have worked with David for a number of years, and without a doubt he
goes above and beyond for others. Patients love the compassionate courteous
care he provides. 3 West is an incredibly busy floor, with patients constantly
being admitted or transferred. David takes everything in stride and will
go out of his way to provide a helping hand. David never complains about
his workload or the time constraints we are sometimes under. I have seen
him walk up and down the halls of our unit looking for nurses who are
in need of some help. When stressful situations, such as code blues or
RRTs occur, David will calmly jump right in and make himself available
to help any way he can. From performing chest compressions to emptying
Foley catheters, David always has a can-do attitude. He is currently doing
his pre-requisites for the College of the Sequoia’s Registered Nurse
(RN) program, and in my opinion, David will make a phenomenal RN one day
soon. We are very fortunate to have him here on 3 West. Thank you David
for all that you do.
Eric Encinas, ED Tech II (14 Years)
Nominated by: Patricia Smith
I have worked with Eric for years. He is consistent in the great care he
gives all patients and his interaction with his coworkers. With Eric on
my team, I know my day will be better and easier. Eric has very good assessment
skills. I know that if something is abnormal with a patient, he has double
checked the vital signs or done whatever is needed to further investigate
the issue. Many times he has been the first to notice that a patient is
in trouble and alerts staff immediately and intervenes as necessary. Eric
is kind and gentle, which seems to not be automatic these days, but one
of the most important things we can do for our patients. I cannot say
enough good things about Eric in this form. He deserves to be recognized
in every category every day and he is a real Rock Star.
Eric is an excellent, long term emergency department technician who has
excellent skills and can be relied upon to do whatever is needed to take
the best care of our patients! Keep up the great work.
Kevin Rodriguez, PT III, O/P Rehab-CCPTS (19 Years)
Nominated by Cynthia Lee
Kevin is truly an asset to this organization and hands down deserves the
honor of being named Employee of the Month. His caring attitude and “going
above and beyond” in sharing his knowledge and expertise are qualities
that shine and Kevin certainly sets this example. He is always willing
to go the extra mile involving your care.
Kevin offers compassionate service by caring for you as an individual and
cares tremendously about his profession. He is always respect and takes
personal ownership very seriously. You know right away that Kevin loves
his job and is willing to do all he can to see that your health is top
quality and your goals are reached. Additionally, Kevin will search for
articles regarding your injuries and shares what he has discovered with
you in order for your treatment to be the best it can be.
Yvette San Souci, RN, CVICU (7 Years)
Nominated by Pinky Rose Calica
Yvette San Souci has been nominate because of the insight, integrity and
competence she utilizes daily and that have saved many lives. Yvette is
always well prepared and diligent in the care she provides to the complex
patients we care for. Yvette plays a dual role on our unit as team lead
and bedside nurse. She exemplifies teamwork and is always willing to lend
a helping hand. One night, Yvette took over care of a rapidly declining
sick patient who had a doubtful prognosis, she infused over 100 units
of blood products on her shift playing a major role in saving their life.
Recently, our nurse staffing was dramatically limited, but Yvette did
not hesitate to come in with short notice to take care of a very sick
patient. No matter the situation, Yvette always has a great attitude and
is compassionate with all patients. She is a role model to all nurses
and is a great asset to the CVICU department.
Monica Contreras, LVN, Sub Acute (5 Years)
Nominated by: Yvan Nava Torres
Monica never stops working. She helps other nurses with patients that are
not assigned to her. She always shows compassion and treats patients like
she would treat her family. Always gives more than what is necessary.
She is also a great teacher and never stops teaching the rest of the licensed
staff, whether it be LVN’s or RN’s. Monica is non-stop. She
is always busy with patients, helping her team, reviewing charts, learning,
or teaching. She connects with our multidisciplinary team to help provide
quality care to all of our residents. She works nights so she will leave
messages, emails, or uses the MD binder to communicate. She does not leave
a “stone unturned.” She is thorough and her team can count
on her to always follow through. She advocates on behalf of the residents
to improve the care that they receive. She is not afraid to ask questions
or speak up when there are concerns. These are only a few of her attributes.
Monica is a true team player.
Maile Headrick, Clinical Pharmacist (11 Years)
Nominated by: Members of the Pharmacy Department
This nomination is being submitted on behalf of a number of Pharmacy Department
team members who are grateful to work with clinical pharmacist team member
Maile Headrick. We are fortunate that Maile joined our team in August
of 2006. Her strong clinical knowledge base and critical care experience
positively impacts the quality of care provided to our patients. Maile
is an engaged member of the team and on a consistent basis takes the initiative
to improve procedures and systems as needs are identified. Examples of
this include her work in establishing policy and procedures, order sets
and/or institutional guidelines to promote safe and effective use of medications.
If it involves a low volume, high risk, problem-prone medication use,
you can bet that Maile has been involved behind the scenes in a very important way.
Maile is highly respected in the department by nursing staff and physicians.
She is dependable and resourceful in her role as a pharmacist and is very
much a team player. Her contributions to the department have made an important
impact in progressing the practice of pharmacy and improving patient safety.
She always puts our patients first. She has an incredible work ethic,
sharp mind, and is committed to professional development. We are so proud
and grateful to be able to call her a colleague.
Myrna Watson, CNA, TCS (10 Years)
Nominated by Mona Chavez
Myrna Watson is an outstanding certified nursing assistant. She is always
ready to work and ready to help her co-workers at a moment’s notice.
Myrna never complains how tired she is or if she is frustrated. She always
has a smile and kind words to say to anyone she sees. Myrna makes sure
her patients always have a clean bed once they are up. She goes above
and beyond making sure her patients are comfortable and taken care of.
Furthermore, Myrna is an excellent team member. She is very quiet, but
goes about her day always busy helping patients. When she is not doing
tasks, she is talking to the patient or their family. Myrna is a great
person to work with, I am thankful for her. She is truly a compassionate
and caring CNA.
Sabrina Gomez, HIM Systems Analyst (12 Years)
Nominated by: Anita Rizzardi-Jepson
BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:
- Respect: Always courteous and respectful to colleagues.
- Personal Ownership: She pays close attention to all details and meticulously
accomplishes assignments requested of her. Commitment to Colleagues: Always
willing to go that extra mile for her fellow colleagues.
Sabrina helps in a variety of areas. She is knowledgeable, energetic,
optimistic, and willing to go the extra mile to see that a project, or
request, is not only completed, but done correctly. Her assistance with
the Cerner/3M/360 project has been invaluable for the coding section of
the HIM Department! We feel fortunate to have her working here at KDHCD.
Sabrina is an invaluable member of the team. She is energetic with enthusiasm
that is contagious. She volunteers and is up to any challenge. She has
taken on her role in the Cerner project with positivity and a can-do attitude.
Damon Rolfo, Maintenance III (5 Years)
Nominated By: The Marketing Department
Damon is one of those rare individuals who brings a smile to the face of
everyone he encounters. Damon is always ready with a smile and a "yes,
of course" response to each request made of him. He is ready and
willing to offer assistance along with his creative skills to help our
team make each event special and unique. Not only does he complete his
duties through the typical work day, but he offers his craftsman skills
to construct unique decorations, or something as simple (to him) as assembling
a bicycle for the blood donor drawing on his personal time.
Over the years, the Marketing Department has asked Damon to do a myriad
of projects from making cut-out boots to wrought iron flower stands. He
does these projects on his own time and with his own equipment. Damon
also is a great team player at work. When asked to assist with special
projects such as setting up the Christmas decorations, he helps out by
picking up the supplies at the warehouse and teaming up with the volunteers
to get the job completed. We have watched him work with others on his
team and he is always smiling and has a great team spirit. He is safety
conscious and he always has a great Kaweah Care “can do” attitude.
He goes out of his way to help others whether it is staff with projects
and repairs or our guests and getting them through the maze of hallways.
He has been observed interacting with staff as he makes his way through
the halls, and they all continue on their way with a smile. He has even
been observed paying for a selection from the vending machine for a patient
and a patient's family when they didn't have quite enough money.
Damon is truly the epitome of Kaweah Care. He does his work with passion,
he is compassionate and very professional and represents our District
well in the community.
Sean Nourie, IT Support Technician
Nominated by Jessica Uriarte, Patient Access Specialist
Sean is always very professional, respectful and courteous. When assisting
his colleagues, he goes above and beyond by always being very helpful
whenever anyone needs anything from ISS (Information Systems Services).
As a great team player, he presents himself in a friendly manner and excels
in his position by always asking if we need anything and he is always
willing to lend a hand.
Recently, Sean worked very hard to help set up computers for the Patient
Access department’s move to the new main street call center. For
this, Sean is deserving of recognition for being so outgoing and helpful
with outstanding support and technical skills.
Carolyn Roberts, Pharmacy Tech Biller (12 Years)
Nominated by: John Deans
Carolyn did a great job helping me get a script refilled for my wife. I
always have trouble getting the doctor’s office to send the refill
over, and my wife was out of her medication. The doctor’s office
said they called it in but when I called the employee pharmacy, they had
not received anything. I asked Carolyn if she would help me out and call
the doctor’s office and see if she could get it, and she did. Carolyn
did not know that my wife is taking care of her parents who have Alzheimer’s
and she has trouble sleeping without her medication, so you really did
a great thing for us! You went above and beyond to help and I appreciate
your commitment to always helping when others can’t. Thank you Carolyn.
Daniel Florez, EVS Aide (5 years)
Nominated by: Kayce Cornelius-Senseney
Behavioral Standards of Performance: Daniel always displays respect towards
our manager and all employees. He is very kind and respectful. In communicating,
Daniel always lets us know if there are any problems within the environmental
services office (i.e. our paper towel dispenser is broken). Regarding
safety, Daniel always makes sure when he is cleaning, he does not leave
anything lying around that someone may trip over. Aslo, Daniel displays
a professional image by always looking clean and neat in his uniform.
Winfred Lumapas, Registered Nurse, 3 SOUTH (2 Years)
Nominated by: Ed Largoza
Winfred regularly receives positive comments from patients about the wonderful
care he provides. He is the care provider who is most frequently mentioned
by name for his fantastic care. Patients comment that Winfred is a standout
amongst stars because he is so well-informed, genuinely concerned, and
has a terrific bedside manner. Winfred always asks, "Is there anything
else I can help with?" and takes the time to answer all questions
and ensure patients fully understand what is happening. In addition, his
teammates enjoy working alongside him as he is always helpful, respectful and kind.
Winfred practices his profession with humble confidence and embodies the
Kaweah Care values we promote. He is a highly-valued team member that
is well-deserving of the Service Excellence Award.
Thank you Winfred for what you do for our patients, for our community,
and for Kaweah Delta!
Vernon Brunges, Registered Nurse, CVICU (8 Years)
Nominated by: Brittany Wedderburn and Felix Ortega
Vernon is exceptional. He has extreme passion for his job. He is always
seeking out learning and teaching opportunities. He is a pleasure to work
with day in and day out and he is never short of compassion when it comes
to patient care.
Over the last year he has taken on the most difficult patients in CVICU,
while working extra multiple shifts in a row. Recently he again proved
his value to Kaweah Delta by maintaining over a week with a patient on
multiple vasoactive medications, CRRT, ventilator, IABP, all while providing
the best care for not only the patient but for the patient’s family
as well. Once the patient’s care was completed on our floor, the
family sought out Vernon to thank him personally for his compassion and
dedication to their loved one.
Tiffany Quintyn, Registered Nurse, ICU (12 Years)
Nominated by: Eileen Paul, RN
Tiffany is well deserving of being recognized for her professional accomplishments
and dedication to her peers and patients. Tiffany became certified (CCRN)
recently and has begun filling in as Team Lead, RRT Nurse and mentors
new ICU staff. Tiffany makes sure all are welcome and if we have any nurses
that float to the unit, she ensures they are supported and know their
Tiffany is knowledgeable, caring and thoughtful of the needs of the unit,
staff and patients. She is ALWAYS the first person to volunteer to help
her co-workers, even if the task is not a fun one. As team lead and RRT
RN, she is always moving, making sure that staff have had breaks or lunches.
She makes sure to check in with staff and ensures that they feel supported.
She leads by example and always has a kind word of encouragement and remains
positive in the good and difficult times. It is a pleasure to work with
someone with such dedication and pride in her profession and unit.
Lisa Reid, Registered Nurse, 2North (7 Years)
Nominated by: Ashley Mora
Lisa is an amazing nurse and colleague! She has so much
knowledge to share with all of the nurses and she is definitely a role
model on the unit. No matter how much stress she is put under, or how
busy she is, she is always there to lend a helping hand and give advice.
Moreover, Lisa is a team player and consistently displays professional
responsibility in the work environment. As a charge nurse, it is comforting
to know that you can approach her with any questions or concerns regarding
a patient and she will assist you in finding an answer to the best of
her ability. Furthermore, Lisa’s years on the floor have helped
her gain the knowledge of our systems at Kaweah Delta, and have provided
her with the needed relationships to assist in the smooth operation of
our unit. She is most definitely an asset to our organization and unit.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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."
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."
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,"