SALINAS, CA, May 10, 2019- Hundreds of people gathered this week for an afternoon celebration at Salinas
Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) as the Nurse and Employee of
the Year accepted the staff nominated honors. SVMHS honors its dedicated
staff serving the community and each other with STAR values. STAR stands
for Support, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect.
“Our employees are the pillar of our Healthcare System,” says
Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.
“They provide exceptional and compassionate care to our patients
and their families. This week we honor and celebrate them for their contributions
to our community.”
Employees at SVMHS selected Aizel Castaneda, RN as the 2019 Nurse of the
Year. She is staff nurse II in Med Surg who joined Salinas Valley Memorial
in 1996. Castaneda was nominated for her compassion and for the exceptional
medical care she provides patients. She was also nominated for being supportive,
reliable and respectful and for always sharing her knowledge with other nurses.
“My role as a professional nurse is to nurture, care and promote
the best health for my patients,” says Aizel Castaneda, RN. “I
care for each patient as they were my own family member, with dignity,
respect, compassion and the quality of care they deserve. I appreciate
my colleagues and nursing leadership team for their support, hard work,
commitment and dedication as we work together to promote optimum outcomes.”
The SVMHS 2019 Employee of the Year is Julia Venoy. She is a unit assistant
I in the Ortho/Neuro/Spine (ONS) Unit and has worked in several units
including as a Central Supply Technician and as a Surgical Sterile Processing
Technician in the Surgical Sterile Processing Department. Venoy was nominated
for her compassion, for being a team player and for always helping others.
Venoy has worked at SVMH for 28 years and in her acceptance speech she
expressed how proud she is to work at the hospital and how much she appreciates
the support of her co-workers.
“It’s a blessing to receive this recognition,” says Julia
Venoy. “In my current role as a unit assistant, I greet patients
and their family members with a smile letting them know they’re
in great hands. I couldn’t do my job without the support of my dedicated
Castaneda and Venoy 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 Mary Ann Artuz, RN, Dalila
Ceja, RN, Norma Coyazo, BSN, Patricia Deblois, RN, Victoria Delgado, RN,
Mackenzie Denaro, RN, Martha Galaz, RN, Lisa Garcia, RN and Ashika Sundar, RN.
Peer nominations for Employee of the Year include Dolores Amorsolo, Debbie
Arias, Aida Aromin, Tracy Burchell, Julia Crisostomo, Gina Perez, Sophie
Sanchez, Yolanda Torres, Crystal Uribe and Cynthia Vargas. Each received
a Certificate of Appreciation.
Events celebrating the dedication and contributions of SVMHS employees
kicked off Monday May 6th. In addition to an employee BBQ, there are other activities including
National Nurses Week Cake Pop Celebration, a yogurt social, wall of appreciation
and free neck and shoulder massages. National Nurses Week and Hospital
Week festivities conclude Friday, May 10th.
Photo left to right: Aizel Castaneda, RN, Pete Delgado, President/CEO of
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Julia Venoy, Unit Assistant.