Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has recognized Juan Aguirre
with the STAR Award for the compassionate care and service he provides
patients. Aguirre is a Radiology Technologist who exemplifies the SVMHS
STAR values- Support, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect. He received
the STAR Award in a special ceremony at the hospital and will be recognized
by the publicly elected Board of Directors during the boards May meeting.
“This award means a lot to me,” says Juan Aguirre, Radiology
Technologist. “As a child I had to have x-rays taken at a hospital.
The x-ray technician was very friendly and compassionate and that experience
inspired me to pursue a career in health care. I’m so lucky I get
to do this every day with the team I work with, we’re family.”
Aguirre joined SVMHS in June of 1999 as a Radiology Tech I for Diagnostic
Imaging. Two years later he went on to work as a Special Procedures Technician
for Diagnostic Imaging. Since 2013, Aguirre has been working in the same
department as a Radiology Technologist III.
“Juan is an outstanding radiology technologist,” says Gina
Ramirez, Director Imaging Services. “He always goes out of his way
to provide comfort to our patients. He treats them like family. We are
grateful to have Juan on our dedicated team”.
The mother of a two-year-old boy who needed x-rays on his foot nominated
Aguirre for the STAR Award for the exceptional care he provided to her
little boy. This mother expressed, “Juan was warm, caring and extremely
professional. Not only did he have to do his job with my kid screaming
in his ear but he was also training a student. It made all the difference
in a stressful situation.”
Several outstanding employees received STAR nominations including Derek
Ames, Vanessa Calderon, Stephanie Cody and David Martinez. Every month,
Salinas Valley Memorial recognizes an outstanding employee with a STAR
Award (for all staff) or a DAISY Award (for nurses). Nomination forms
and drop boxes are located throughout the hospital. To learn more about
the awards visit svmh.com/nomination.