SALINAS, CA, May 10, 2018- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is celebrating National
Nurses and Hospital Weeks with a full schedule of activities for all staff
including the announcement this week of Nurse and Employee of the Year.
SVMHS honors its dedicated staff serving the community and each other
with STAR values. STAR stands for Support, Teamwork, Accountability and
Respect. The week of activities is centered around a Celebrating 65 theme.
Salinas Valley Memorial opened its doors to the community sixty-five years
ago on April 20, 1953.
“We cannot do what we do without our exceptional staff,” says
Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.
“This week we are celebrating them and showing the appreciation
we feel every day for the exceptional care they provide our patients,
families and the community.”
Employees at SVMHS selected Najiba Caplan, RN as the 2018 Nurse of the
Year. She is staff nurse II in Med Surg who joined Salinas Valley Memorial
in 1999. Caplan was nominated for her compassion and exceptional medical
care she provides patients and for being an excellent role model and motivator
to new graduates and new hires.
“It’s an honor to be selected as nurse of the year,”
says Najiba Caplan, RN. “I came to Salinas Valley Memorial twenty
years ago from Philadelphia as a traveling nurse. After my assignment
was over I chose to stay because Salinas Valley Memorial is truly a place
of excellence and my third floor co-workers are amazing. I’m proud
to work here.”
The SVMHS 2018 Employee of the Year is Renee Johnson. She is a Human Resources
Specialist who joined Salinas Valley Memorial in 1992 and has spent most
of her career in the Human Resources Department. She was recognized this
week by her colleagues throughout the Healthcare System for the support
she provides to all departments and for demonstrating excellent work ethic
and great customer service. She is dedicated to matching the right talent
to the right job and is often the first person an applicant or new employee
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” says Renee Johnson,
Human Resources Specialist. “I love this organization and the people
I work with and I’m proud to say I work here. I started my career
at Salinas Valley Memorial 25 years ago and I look forward to another
Caplan and Johnson were selected during an extensive house wide nomination
process. Other SVMHS staff nominated for Nurse of the Year were recognized
with a Certificate of Appreciation and include Bryan Da Silva, RN, Stephanie
Frizzell, RN, Alejandra Garcia, RN, Michael Jarschke, RN, and Raymundo
Peer nominations for Employee of the Year include Joel Castillo, Divina
Cortez, Timothy France, Janet Marcroft, Maria Ponciano-Tolentino and Ernest
Reyes. Each received a Certificate of Appreciation.
Events celebrating the dedication and contributions of SVMHS employees
kicked off Monday May 7th. In addition to an employee BBQ, there are other activities including
National Nurses Week Cup Cake Celebration, a yogurt social, wall of appreciation
and free neck and shoulder massages. National Nurses Week and Hospital
Week festivities conclude Friday, May 11th.
Najiba Caplan, RN
Human Resources Specialist