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Good Samaritan awards presented at employee forums

Victor Bannis
Zareh Sarrafian, MBA (left), senior vice president and Children’s Hospital administrator, and Leo Langga (center), clinical supervisor for respiratory care, present Victor Bannis, transport team coordinator for Children’s Hospital, with the Good Samaritan Award.
The Good Samaritan Excellence in Staff Service Awards were presented at the first quarter employee forums in April. The employees chosen received a letter of commendation from the president placed in their files and a monetary reward. A staff member is eligible to win a Good Samaritan award once during his or her career at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The winners were: Althea Brown, LVN, East Campus; Jonathan Ignacio, diet aide, LLUMC; Jolanda Jones, charge nurse, pediatric cardiac special care unit; Guadulupe Valdepena, coder, health information management; Cindy Liu, behavioral health specialist, BMC; Carolyn Vasquez, perinatal health specialist, Children’s Hospital; Lew Saephan, administrative secretary for the Transplantation Institute, LLUMC; Maria Williford, patient care assistant, LLUMC; Patricia Frink, unit 8100; Tamara Vasquez, program assistant for the Cancer Institute, LLUMC; and Victor Bannis, transport team coordinator, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

By Preston Clarke Smith
Tamara Vasquez
Judy Chatigny (left), administrative director for the Cancer Institute; Tamara Vasquez (center), program assistant for the Cancer Institute’s resource center; and Gerry Ellis, MBA (right), senior vice president of signature services, celebrate Ms. Vasquez’s Good Samaritan Award.
Patricia Frink
Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of LLUMC (left); Andrea Mason, Unit 8100 nurse educator; Patricia Frink (second from left), a registered nurse on Unit 8100 and recipient of the Good Samaritan Award; and Daniel Fontoura, MBA (right), vice president for LLUMC, pose for a picture at the employee forums.
Maria Williford
Daniel Fontoura, MBA (left), vice president for LLUMC; and Norie Bencito (center), clinical educator for Unit 6200, present Maria Williford, patient care assistant, with the Good Samaritan Award.
Lew Saephan
Margie Imthurn (left), director of clinical services for the Transplantation Institute; Lew Saephan (second from left), administrative secretary for the Transplantation Institute and Good Samaritan Award recipient; Judy Reynolds, MBA, executive director of the Transplantation Institute; and  Gerry Ellis, MBA (right), senior vice president of signature services, gather for a picture.
Jonathan Ignacio
Carol Baker Briggs (left), administrative director for nutritional services, and Daniel Fontoura, MBA (right), vice president for LLUMC, present Jonathan Ignacio (center), diet aide, with the Good Samaritan Award.
Guadulupe Valdepena
Rita Stiffler (left), executive director of health information management; and Steve Mohr, CPA (right), vice president of finance for LLUMC, present Guadulupe Valdepena, coder, with the Good Samaritan Award.
Althea Brown
Michael Jackson, MPH (left), administrator of the East Campus; and Jan Kroetz, executive director of nursing administration for East Campus, present Althea Brown (center), LVN, with the Good Samaritan Award.
Carolyn Vasquez
Carolyn Vasquez (second from right), perinatal health specialist, receives the Good Samaritan Award from Zareh Sarrafian, MBA (left), senior vice president and Children’s Hospital administrator; Joyce Volsch, administrative director of nursing for Children’s Hospital; and Ruthita Fike (right), CEO of LLUMC.
Jolanda Jones
Good Samaritan Award recipient Jolanda Jones (second from left) is congratulated by (from left) Janel Isaeff, executive director of patient care services for Children’s Hospital; Ann Totaro, nurse manager for pediatric cardiac special care; Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, senior vice president and Children’s Hospital administrator; and Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of LLUMC.
Cindy Liu
Jill Pollock, RN, MS, executive director of the Behavorial Medicine Center; Theresa Anderson, from the BMC; Cindy Liu, behavioral health specialist and recipient of the Good Samaritan Award; Edward Field, MBA, controller for the BMC; and Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of LLUMC and BMC, pose for a picture at the employee forum.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006