2015 Finalists

 

Outstanding Advocate/Gerontologist/Educator(back to top)

 
Jeanne Gormick

Position: Director of Volunteers

Organization: OC Hospice

 

What an extraordinary person Jeanne Gormick is!

Following the 9-11 tragedy, Jeanne Gormick wanted a career where she could make a genuine difference in people’s lives. She started her career into everything senior in 2003 by joining a senior living company. At this time she fell in love with seniors and decided she had found her niche.

She sat on the Florence Sylvester Senior Center Wellness Committee where she was the expert on Assisted Living.

From Assisted Living, she began working ...

 
 
 
Judy Dahle

Position: Gerontologist / Geriatric Care Manager

Organization: Elder Support Services

 

Judy has a long history in the Healthcare Field working as a Registered Nurse. One thing that has always impressed me with Judy is her caring nature and focus on giving each patient her undivided attention. Judy will not take on a new client that she cannot devote 100% of her time to. She is a true expert in the field. For that reason, one of Orange County’s largest Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) contract with her when they would like a professional Gerontologist Assessment for on ...

 
 
 
Rosemary DeCuir

Position: Owner

Organization: Alliance Family Advocates

 

Rosemary has now has her own geriatric care guidance program, Alliance Family Advocates. At this time Rosemary interacts primarily between adult children, whose relationships are strained either amongst siblings, the senior needing assistance or other manifest which might interfere. She speaks with caregivers, with home care agencies about interactions with seniors, she has written a book "Coping with Dementia." At there is a fear of making the wrong decision, Rosemary helps families ...

 
 
 
Jennifer Ostronic

Position: Health Advocate

Organization: St Joseph Health System

 

She provides the personal touch and develops relationships that our seniors desire. She is helping to set new standards of service for our at risk senior population and is one of the big reasons our CARE Connect program has been successful.

 
 
 
Tricia Homrighausen

Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Organization: Independence at Home a Community Service of SCAN Health Plan

 

Tricia began her dedication to serving seniors as a Friendly Visitor volunteer at the Council on Aging Orange County. For five years, she provided support and friendship to a couple as the husband journeyed through the end stages of Alzheimer’s. Tricia expressed that witnessing their commitment to each other had a lasting impact upon her own life: “I discovered that in service to seniors, I received much more than I could ever give.”

While continuing her role as a Friendly Visitor, Tri ...

 
 
 
Tina Roth

Position: Project Manager of Mission Services

Organization: St Jude Heritage

 

Tina has such a knack for handling very complicated and difficult cases with such grace. She had a patient who had mental illness, chronic medical conditions, non-compliant with their care and had a very strained relationship with his family. This patient had burned every relationship wit his family and with the medical community. No one wanted to talk or deal with this patient and everyone was fed up with him. Tina was very persistent with working on building a relationship with the patient ...

 
 
 
Vivian Clecak

Position: Founder & CEO

Organization: Human Options

 

Vivian is an innovative passionate woman who has helped thousands of seniors navigate through and escape an abusive situation. As you can imagine the dynamics of a mother or father having to press charges against their own child can be extremely difficult. Safe Options for Seniors counsels older adults to understand their rights and helps them through this difficult situation. The story of *John and Helen best shows just how this program that Vivian started helps keeps our seniors safe from t ...

 
 
 
Amanda Sillars

Position: Author, Speaker, Advocate, CEO

Organization: Total ADHC Solutions

 

Amanda is first and foremost an advocate for Adult Day Services with an unparalleled understanding of the National Adult Day Service Industry. Amanda's been involved in Adult Day Services for nearly two decades, as a speaker, author, educator, program consultant, expert witness and psychological consultant. She brings exceptional knowledge and expertise to Total ADHC Solutions and the corporations with which she works. She is committed to the integrity of the business and passionate about f ...

 
 
 

Outstanding Caregiver(back to top)

 
Kristiana Turko

Position: CAREGiver

Organization: Home Instead Senior Care

 

In March, 2011 Home Instead Senior Care welcomed Kristina to our CAREGiving team with many years of prior caregiving experience including personal, hospice and companion care. She continually strives to enhance her skills in all areas of caregiving. Our clients describe her as reliable, very caring and giving, truly professional, very flexible, and is often thought of as “one of the family.”

Kristina has a very special talent in caring for challenging clients. Exercising patience and ...

 
 
 
Donna Padilla

Position: Caregiver

Organization: Home Helpers Orange Coast

 

Words cannot describe what a blessing Donna has been to Home Helpers Orange Coast. She has stepped up and exceeded expectations on all occasions. Her loyalty to the company and our clients is the reason I would like to see Donna nominated for this wonderful award.


Many times Donna has stepped in when a caregiver was sick or couldn’t make their shift at a moment’s notice regardless of the time of day. She went our client’s to give hands on training to another caregiver with a difficult ...

 
 
 
Paula Moore

Position: Caregiver

Organization: 24Hr. HomeCare

 

I've had the pleasure of working closely with Paula for quite some time now. Paula has built a reputation within our office as a person that is dependable, hardworking, and exhibits excellent interpersonal communication.

Paula has made it her responsibility to update our management staff frequently on the current condition of all of her clients. This constant stream of communication keeps the staff in the office updated in real-time to client conditions and allows us to provide the bes ...

 
 
 
Hugo Albarracin

Position: Caregiver

Organization: Senior Helpers

 

Hugo Albarracin ~ Hero Caregiver Award Nomination

Hugo has been a professional caregiver for the past 10 years. He provided care in a 65 bed facility for patients with disabilities and became the supervisor for 8 years where he created new fitness programs and unique social activities for his patients. He even introduced the use of technology such as computers and Ipads to his patients with disabilities.

Hugo is an avid runner and physical fitness is very important to him. Now, an in-home c ...

 
 
 
Gloria Jaime

Position: Hospice Aide

Organization: Heartland Hospice

 

Gloria shows her compassion for others with a lightness of spirit that is mentioned often by families, "Gloria, the lady that bathed my mother, was fun and special. We enjoyed her company. She is a true angel.". Another family wrote, "Gloria was very sweet and kind. My husband asked for her and looked forward to her visits. I would not have made it without you guys". Another family wrote, "Gloria was so responsive to my loved one's requests and needs. She was h ...

 
 
 
Elizabeth Huerta

Position: Personal Attendant/Caregiver

Organization: Assured InHome Care

 

Elizabeth has an excellent ability to take the information provided to her regarding any client and process it to translate into "real work tasks" for each client. She is attentive to details and to client needs. She has a positive attitude and shows dedication to every person that is entrusted to her care. Whether she works as "fill in", night shift, ongoing client or other, Elizabeth takes pride in her daily commitments to each person she serves..

All the feedback Assur ...

 
 
 
Sally Marquez

Position: Caregiver

Organization: Attentive Home Care

 

I hear you are giving an award for an excellent caregiver. I want to tell you about mine. Her name is Sally. She has been my caregiver since November 2013.

She's EXCELLENT!!! She does not brag. She does whatever I ask her quietly and efficiently. She gets along with everyone. I have several caregivers, but I call her my number one. She is happy and positive. She is always professional and presentable.

I have a lot of care needs and she never complains. I am not able to walk but ...

 
 
 
Emily Bujan

Position: Caregiver

Organization: Horizon Support Services

 

Emily has worked for our company for a little almost 3 years. Emily grew up the youngest child of three in a single parent household.

With her brother, sister, and mother it was learned at a young age how important it is to help others. As a teenager Emily helped care for her own grandmother. She grew up with the belief in the importance of caring for others.

She also started to have children of her own. Emily worked as a medical assistant and cared for her own family. When her mother was pl ...

 
 

Outstanding Executive Director (back to top)

 
Kelly Anderson Conk

Position: Administrator

Organization: Bel Vista Healthcare Center

 

Kelly Anderson-Conk has been the Administrator at Bel Vista Healthcare for 6 years. Bel Vista is a 41-bed facility that is independently owned and operated; it has been proudly serving the Long Beach Senior Community for over 50 years.
Kelly has been a wonderful asset to Bel Vista over the years! She has contributed immensely to the great reputation Bel Vista has and Kelly is always educated to the newest regulations in the nursing facility industry, has a strong presence in the community and i ...

 
 
 
Anwar M. Saeed

Position: Executive Director/Administrator

Organization: ALICIA CARE Homes

 

For almost all of his life, Dr. Saeed has been at the forefront, serving sick, frail and impoverished members of society. His compassion, humility and unselfish character have touched many lives in his mission to "help the frailest of the frail". Dr. Saeed's dedication to helping people deal with the devastating effects of dementia began long before he earned his medical degree; His journey as a caregiver began at age 11 when he helped his mother care for his grandmother who suffe ...

 
 
 
Adriana Sayegh, RN

Position: Clinical Director

Organization: Laguna Beach Community Clinic

 

As a new volunteer physician at the Community Clinic, I was given a new patient to follow. He was a senior, who struggled with alcoholism, among other problems. Adriana treated this man with dignity, and helped him to arrange the studies that he needed. Without her help and compassionate encouragement, I know that he would never had proceeded with the work-up, and my subsequent ability to care for his problems.

 
 
 
John Mastrocola

Position: Administrator

Organization: Newport Nursing and Rehabilitation

 

John’s relationship with his residents and families is extremely important to him, and the feedback (over the last 6 years) has been tremendous. Many of the former residents (alumni) return when they have other medical conditions that require hospitalization. Since Newport Nursing & Rehab is primarily a short-term rehab, they return home or to their assisted living communities and frequently call John directly to “book” their next stay.

John makes sure his team always holds annual ...

 
 
 
Dan Bailey

Position: Director, Administrative Services

Organization: St Jude Medical Center

 

Dan's passion for Quality of Care in skilled Nursing Facilities has continued since the closing of the TCC at St. Jude. Dan is an active Skilled Nursing Liaison. He began a Skilled Nursing Collaborative where he has invited all Skilled Nursing Facilities to share best practices, share quality data with each other, including readmission data, and commit to improving quality. He invites physicians and other members of the healthcare team at the hospital to participate. He assists in the revi ...

 
 
 
Ghislaine (Ges) Davis

Position: Founder / Executive Director

Organization: South Bay Village (Senior Program)

 

She did everything in her power to make the South Bay village program a reality. She worked/volunteer countless hours, evenings, weekends and holidays to make sure that seniors have access to community resources. She wants to make sure that seniors age in place and are able to stay at home and with their love ones. I've never seen so much passion towards the well being of our seniors.

 
 
 
Sara Williams

Position: Regional Director Access to Care

Organization: St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare

 

Sara is a hero because of her passion for the seniors in our community. She assures that clinical programs are in place to care for the frail and elderly and she assures that all of her staff share this same passion, as they care for seniors.

 
 
 
Brittany Kostka

Position: Nursing Home Administrator

Organization: Leisure Glen Post Acute Care

 

Here is a typical letter of gratitude regarding Brittany's standard of care:

Thank you for establishing a facility where my dad, Seroj Shandi, was genuinely happy to be. I want to take a moment to recognize the service, kindness, professionalism, empathy and whole hearted care and love we received as an entire family from Brittany Kostka. My father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer four years ago and we were told he only had 6 months to live, he was able to fight much longer due to the ...

 
 

Outstanding Nurse (back to top)

 
Jennifer Niles

Position: Manager of Case Management/Social Services

Organization: St Mary Medical Center, Dignity Health

 

I've known Jennifer for 10 plus years, she is one of the most dedicated individuals at work and in her personal life. No matter what the issue or the challenge is, she always finds the way to overcome it. My favorite thing about her is that she always does her job with love and care for others.

As a director of case management she has a very demanding job, but even with this demanding and stressful job, she finds the time to go above and beyond to help those in need. We are talking about ...

 
 
 
Beth Turnbull

Position: Registered Nurse

Organization: Acacia Adult Day Services

 

Beth embodies Acacia's mission to improve the quality of life for frail older adults, persons with dementia and their families". With a positive "can do" attitude she leads her health care team by example. She is respected by staff, greets each participant by name and a listening ear, and is always available to family members and physicians -- giving and receiving pertinent information to better care for the participant. On more than one occasion she has preemptively identi ...

 
 
 
Katie Nguyen

Position: Nurse

Organization: Saddleback Hospital

 

Katie took care of ME when my husband, Cal was admitted! BTW, I may be in this industry but I AM officially a senior! Anyway, I had been sleeping at the hospital in his room and I had to sleep on a lounge chair, which wasn't very comfortable. Katie went into action and found me 3 folding chairs and a large chair that I was able to put together so I could lie flat at night. I vowed to nominate her for a Senior Care Hero Award when the time came, because she made such a difference in my co ...

 
 
 
Flora Hsieh, RN

Position: Case Manager

Organization: Little Company of Mary - Torrance

 

Flora has a proven track record of nursing excellence as a teacher, leader and community partner. Flora exemplifies capability, accountability, authority and responsibility with each and every one of her patients. A great story that demonstrates Flora’s compassion level and high acumen for solving difficult problems, lies within one man’s last wish.

Flora was working as an ICU nurse, caring for an elderly man who was in dire need of Dialysis treatments to prolong his life. Much to the desp ...

 
 
 
Jennifer Harrington

Position: MCP/CardioPulmonary

Organization: Gentiva Home Health, A Kindred Affiliate

 

We are nominating Jennifer the “Unsung Hero” because her passion is for every person she encounters, patients, family members, co-workers, and people on the street. Jennifer is the “go to” person to speak with family members not yet ready emotionally to make decisions about care, or need additional support and help to understand and navigate the care for their friend or family member. Her kindness and calmness during crises situations with patients and family members is above reproach, ...

 
 
 
Kimberly Nichols

Position: Clinical Coordinator

Organization: Placentia-Linda Hospital

 

Anyone who knows Kim can attest to her unending patience, kindness and personal integrity. She is constantly being complimented by her patients and families for her personal touch and dedication. She routinely calls her senior patients at home after discharge to "check in" and ensure not only that they received the care and attention they needed in the hospital, but that they have the resources to excel after discharge. For her more critically ill seniors, she even visits with the pati ...

 
 
 
Emily Ragay

Position: RN

Organization: Anaheim Regional Medical Center

 

Recently. we had an 87 year old grandmother admitted for weakness and anemia. It wasn't long before that diagnosis progressed to end stage cancer, something none of the family was prepped to hear. They were devastated to the point that one of her daughters actually swooned and had to be helped to the floor.
Emily was their nurse that night and walked into the roomful of tears and lost looks. The thing that makes Emily strong though, is that she doesn't turn away when people need her ...

 
 
 
Vickie Richesin

Position: Care Manager

Organization: St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare

 

Vickie goes above and beyond when dealing with her patients and thier families. I have worked next to her for 1 1/2 years and have admired her discussions with patients encouraging them with messages of hope and compassion while encouraging healthy lifestyles and choices.
Her caring and commitment extends far beyond her 8-5 job duties. It is not unusual for her to drop what she is doing to make a home visit on a patient in crisis and will even make a grocery run to take food over to a needy pa ...

 
 

Outstanding Physician (back to top)

 
Mark Abramson

Position: Continuing Care Physician

Organization: Kaiser Permanente

 

Dr. Mark Abramson has been a Kaiser Permanente physician for 30 years. He transferred to Long Term Care Dept. 4 years ago doing Skilled Nursing, Hospice and Palliative care. Per his KP biography, he “chose medicine as a way to connect with people and help them through difficult circumstances.” Thus, “getting to know his patients and their families is a privilege” for him.

It is a pleasure to know and work with Dr. A. I always hear compliments from patients and family how good he is as ...

 
 
 
Joel Handler

Position: Partner Emeritus

Organization: Southern California Permanente Medical Group

 

He is the highest recipient of patient satisfaction awards. He has kept me alive and well for over 30 years despite multiple medical problems. He has taught generations of physicians.
He is my best example of what a caring, brilliant primary care/gerontologist should be.

 
 
 
Steven Long

Position: Family Practice Physician

Organization: Dr. Steven Long

 

Dr. Long began his Family Practice back in 1988 in the city of Irvine and has been helping patients in the community ever since. He completed his Medical Schooling at UCI and then finished his Residency at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA. He started off his career with a Special Recognition for teaching excellence and was presented with the ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) award. If you have ever met Dr. Long, it would be no surprise that he received this award an ...

 
 
 
G.Scott Smith

Position: Medical Director

Organization: St Joseph Heritage Medical Group

 

Dr. Smith is a very compassionate and caring physician. He gives his patients his undivided attention and although he has his Medical Director duties he always puts his patients first. I have witnessed him work many long days to ensure that all his patients needs are met and doesn't think twice about making himself available when they need to be seen the same day. He takes on complex chronically ill patients and keeps in direct contact with them even on his personal time. He is an exemplary ...

 
 
 
Thomas C Kockinis MD

Position: Past President of the OCMA

Organization: Orange County Medical Association

 

Dr. Kockinis does remarkable work with older adults. He is very dedicated to following up with any issues which his patients have, and is of the most caring and compassionate physician.

Few examples that make him a hero.

1.- "I've been going to Dr. K. for a long time. It's hard to find a doctor to listen to me because of my Cerebral Palsy. Many doctors sees my chair and my drools and dismisses me. Not with Dr. K!!!! He listens to me and takes his time at talking to me and ...

 
 
 
Melissa Rudolph

Position: Emergency Medicine

Organization: St. Joseph Hospital, Orange

 

Elderly patient from many different cultures experience Dr. Rudolph’s kindheartedness when she sits at the bedside, holding the patient’s hand while explaining their illness. Sometimes these patients are at end of life and this difficult conversation takes place with Dr. Rudolph compassionately communicating a grim prognosis and the options and resources available to patients and families. The calm under pressure Dr. Rudolph exhibits makes her a favorite of staff and patients.

When physici ...

 
 
 
Jose DeSouza, MD

Position: Family Practitioner

Organization: Centers for Family Medicine

 

We are proud to nominate one of Southern California’s most well-respected physicians for this prestigious award. Although his official medical title is “family practitioner,” Dr. Jose De Souza, Jr. has a caring, compassionate spirit that has attracted older patients to his practice for decades—an affinity that continues today.

“Dr. De Souza has an incredible bedside manner and a very compassionate way of dealing with his patients,” said Sharon Cooper, office manager. “He really li ...

 
 
 
Ari Marshall

Position: Doctor

Organization: Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

 

When I asked Dr. Marshall what was the reason he got into ended care rehab, this is what he said: "I think what helped me decide on geriatric rehab is my connection with my dad who is an older parent. He had me later in life. Friends, etc, would tease me and call him my grandpa. It used to upset me until I wised up and realized he was great and was there for me and attended and had time to go to my sporting events. So when I work with seniors I actually don't see the age and as a rehab ...

 
 

Outstanding Senior Care Professional (back to top)

 
John Gutierrez

Position: VP OC Hospice Executive Director Life & Hope Foundation

Organization: OC Hospice & Life & Hope Foundation

 

John Gutierrez was raised with 4 brothers and a sister. His Dad came to the U.S. from Mexico during the 1960s under a guest worker program known as The Bracero Program.

Growing up, John saw his Dad’s struggle as an immigrant, but he also saw how his hard work paid off as he transitioned from farm worker into landscaping.

Growing up in a tiny home surrounded by love, John shares, “It was small, but it was enough.”

His loving family learned to share things out of necessity, but this st ...

 
 
 
Kelly Ewing

Position: President

Organization: Outreach Solutions, LLC

 

Kelly started as the Director of Marketing for Hospital Services Laboratory in 1991, and quickly understood the need for fast, accurate results and outstanding customer service. The residents were extremely compromised, and the clinical team was unable wait for national, physician targeted laboratories to provide next day results. His strong work ethic and passionate approach helped the company to expand to 155 SNF's throughout Southern CA.

Since he began, he has held several senior leve ...

 
 
 
Thomas Pataca

Position: Patient Health Advocate

Organization: St. Joseph Health System

 

On a daily basis, it is Thomas who is providing the utmost care and compassion for our patients and seniors in particular. When speaking to with him, patients have his undivided attention. Talk about dignity and respect, Thomas provides this to all the patients and families he encounters. It is because of the care and dedication that Thomas provides that would make you want your parent or grandparent to be cared for by Thomas. Seriously, this is the type and quality care that Thomas provides ...

 
 
 
Josh Luke

Position: Founder

Organization: National Readmission Prevention Collaborative

 

One of Josh Luke’s most renowned accomplishments is his foundation of the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative (nationalreadmissionprevention.com) in October 2013 to showcase Best Practice integration models. In March 2014 he ventured out on his own as President of The Readmission Prevention Group, working with health systems and communities nationwide to develop post acute networks and population health management strategies.
Josh Luke is a Senior Care Hero and should be nominated fo ...

 
 
 
Shelley Woolery

Position: Field Services Supervisor Ombudsman Program

Organization: Council on Aging Orange County

 

She deserves this recognition, as there are very few for professionals in the field and she has single-handedly done more for our frail seniors than just about anyone else in the field. She herself is a senior and still works hard and fights hard for our residents, many of whom have no one visiting them or advocating for them (about 50%), and at least 60% with some level of dementia, so they are unable to advocate for themselves.She inspires us all.

 
 
 
Linda Armas

Position: Founder/CEO

Organization: Clear Choise Senior Services

 

Linda has a true and giving unselfish heart for the Senior care community. She is an inspiration to her peers, she is dedicated and admired by the Senior care industry as her bio reflects, she gives 100% and is most deserving to be acknowledged as a Senior Care Hero.

 
 
 
Minta Jack

Position: Director of Volunteers

Organization: Orange County Global Medical Center

 

It is with pleasure that I nominate Minta Jack for the “Outstanding Senior Care Professional Award”, one of the Senior Care Hero Awards.
Minta is the Director of Volunteers for Orange County Global Medical Center, part of KPC Healthcare. She has been at the helm demonstrating excellent leadership skills since May 5, 1986, an impressive 50% of our 60 year old program.
Minta oversees over 200 volunteers. Of this group, 25% are juniors; 25% are collegiate level and 50% are auxiliary (aka. ...

 
 
 
Eric Lisker

Position: General Manager

Organization: 24Hr HomeCare

 

Eric is known for his drive, willingness to get the job done, and more importantly his resourcefulness. In fact, he has taken on plenty of clients when other organizations might have given up. While most have looked at these clients as a challenge, Eric saw it as an opportunity to find the right fit.

Our clients rave about Eric and one in particular mentioned, “Eric is always there when you need him”. His team shared a specific story of a client who was unable to wash his clothes in th ...

 
 

Outstanding Social Worker (back to top)

 
Martha Mowatt

Position: Social Worker, Sr.

Organization: Caremore

 

Martha is a wonderful social worker she is so caring and goes above and beyond for all her patients. Martha has been working as a social worker for many years and is our go to person for resources. Martha is always willing to help any of her fellow colleagues and especially our CareMore members. An example of the great work she does is her work with Mr. A. who has many medical comorbidities including being wheelchair bound and unable to speak without a device. Mr. A does not have good family sup ...

 
 
 
Gilbert Dorado

Position: IDS Social Service Director Care Coordination

Organization: PIH Health

 

Gilbert’s passion for senior care was ignited by his relationship with his grandparents as a young boy. Gilbert always enjoyed spending time with them and hearing their stories. He has said that his time with his grandparents was one of the main reasons he is so passionate about the work that he does.

Besides being a social worker Gilbert is also involved in his church as a Catechist and has volunteered in several ministries. Over the last year Gilbert started his journey in becoming a Spir ...

 
 
 
Myrna Vasquez

Position: Social Worker

Organization: Care Choices / Gentiva

 

Myrna is dedicated to her profession and see's countless seniors at a difficult time in their lives. She goes much further than what is expected to make sure she can help them better their situation. She is very solution-oriented and does it in such a professional, caring and pleasant manner!

 
 
 
Mary Kay Evans

Position: Director

Organization: Care Pathways

 

Her dedication to her patients and families is head and shoulders above the rest……she is modest and loves to be of help. Over the last 25 years I have seen her in action, and she is "OUTSTANDING". She is compassionate and diligent and the perfect outcome is her goal.

Mary Kay shared, “I think some of us are born with the need to help others, for me this has always been the case. Growing up in a large extended family that included five siblings and my grandmother I learned from a ...

 
 
 
Grenda Lee

Position: Manager of Ambulatory Care

Organization: St. Joseph Health System

 

If you think of care & compassion for seniors and their families, Grenda Lee is your go to person. I have had the pleasure to work with her on many collaborative projects and I am simply amazed by her gift of serving seniors and those who are vulnerable and in need of guidance. The following are just a few examples of how much Grenda has touched so many lives.
I have seen her work with extremely sensitive cases with such grace and dignity. I can recall one case in particular where a p ...

 
 
 
Andrew DeSerio

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Organization: PIH Health

 

Andrew DeSerio is very conscientious and compassionate when comes to his patient and their families. He goes above and beyond in every aspect. For instance as his co-worker, I have witnessed first hand his determination and caring gestures. There was a patient that was evicted from his senior apartment after being there for 25 years. Andrew collaborated with Adult Protective Services and community resources to assist in finding a home for this patient. On his day off, Andrew went searching for l ...

 
 
 
Alex Solis

Position: Director of Social Services

Organization: Seal Beach Health and Rehab

 

Alex cares deeply for his residents and takes pride in going above and beyond for them as much as he can. One of his most memorable moments came when he was able to reunite a former resident with his family whom he had lost all contact with. Alex was able to utilize social media to locate his resident’s son and daughter. Prior to Alex starting at his facility, this resident had been considered a long-term resident with no family involvement. Alex took the time to talk to his resident daily, as ...

 
 
 
Kathie Ames Wayland

Position: Discharge Planner

Organization: St Mary Medical Center, A Dignity Health Member

 

Kathie is a perfect example of a senior care hero. She is not only caring and passionate about helping her patients, but also shares that passion with her immediate and extended family. Kathie is a full time caregiver of her 90 year old mother in-law. After her husband passed away 20 plus years ago, her mother in law health started to deteriorate and she did what few daughters in-laws are willing to do. She not only helped her, but moved her into her home and for the last 20 years she had been c ...

 
 

Outstanding Therapist (back to top)

 
Barbara Brewer

Position: OT

Organization: St Jude Centers for Rehab & Wellness

 

Her ability to go above and beyond with people who are in need. I worked with Barbara and saw her in action she always used encouragement and was positive in the face of patients who had lost hope. Barbara helped them regain some of that hope by working within the frame of helping the frail elderly gain as much independence as possible. Her follow up skills and tireless work with seniors in rehab has made the difference in our community of seniors.

She is easily the most compassionate person I ...

 
 
 
Claire G. Stowell, MSPT

Position: Founder

Organization: LifeTime Physical Therapy

 

I had the pleasure being introduced to Claire through a mutual patient that RAVED about her acumen and professionalism as the premier one-on-one physical therapist in the OC. This is what he had to say;

“What a wonderful, professional and caring company! My wife and I have used Claire and her staff on many occasions and we cannot say enough about them. Their knowledge, honesty, integrity, and genuine caring concern is really beyond words. We are seniors with various ailments, including Parkin ...

 
 
 
Dennis Miyadi

Position: OT Therapist consultant

Organization: Senior Serv

 

Dennis provides one to one time and support to each and every participant he works with. Dennis always does his job to the fullest and is always a team player. Dennis is incredibly knowledgeable of services and supports and cares deeply for those he serves. Dennis has an infectious laughter and positive spirit with his team members and participants.

 
 
 
Margaret Hogue

Position: PT Therapist Consultant

Organization: Senior Serv

 

Maggie is very estute and helpful with our population at the adult day healthcare. Maggie takes time to see how she can assist her participants and really enjoys her work. Maggie is dedicated and goes above and beyond to help.

 
 
 
Usha Rajan

Position: Speech Therapist

Organization: Salus Home Health

 

Usha is one of the most dedicated and compassionate therapists I've ever met. She cares SO much about her patients improving and having a quality of life. For example, she had a patient who was about to pass away. She was very close to the patient, as well as the family. On her day off, she went to the patient's home and stayed with the patient until he passed away. She provide comfort and solace to the family as they were losing their loved one, and stayed with the family for a w ...