AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Watch each honoree accept thier award! (Click "watch show clip" under thier name.)

Lifetime Achievement Award

 
Kenneth Bell (M.D.)
 

Position: Former Chief Medical Officer

Organization: Coalition of OC Health Centers

 

Dr. Ken Bell is currently President of Ken Bell & Associates and former Chief Medical Officer of the Coalition of Orange County Health Centers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of SeniorServ, a leading non-profit organization that provides programs and services for older adults.


Outstanding Physicians - Specialist

 
Arthur Helfat, MD
 

Position: Family Practitioner, Internist, Geriatric Specialist (elderly care)

Organization: Dr. Arthur James Helfat MD., Inc.

 

When it comes to patient care and involvement in the community Dr. Helfat goes above and beyond in providing the care and education needed, no matter if it is at his office, hospital, Skilled Nursing facility or home. Dr. Helfat is always ready to help and care for his geriatric patients.


Outstanding Physicians - General Medicine

 
Jason Abney D.O
 

Position: Assistant Medical Director

Organization: Housecall Doctors Medical Group

 

Dr Jason Abney has spent the majority of his physician career working with our seniors, devoting his time and energy to administering care to the frailest of the frail, those patients who are homebound. He is deeply commited to Housecall Doctors' core value-to make a difference in the lives of their patients. As Assistant Medical Director Dr Abney provides mentoring and leadership to the physician assistants, nurse practitioners and his fellow physicians at Housecall Doctors. Besides being a visiting clinician he leads the Quality Assurance committee which defines and implements policy for ongoing improved care of the homebound. In addition to these duties Dr Abney is an instructor for Downey Regional Medical Ctr leading medical students, residents and fellows in their geriatric rotation. He serves as medical director for both Silverado Hospice and Silverado Senior Living Newport Mesa and is currently in the process of becoming Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care.


Outstanding Nurse - Home or Hospice

 
Friday Osabuohien
 

Position: Hospice Nurse

Organization: OC Hospice

 

I am proud to nominate one of America’s newest citizens for this prestigious award. Friday Osabuohien, born in Nigeria, started his professional life as an Optometrist in the Philippines, but he finally discovered his passion in America.

New to the country, Friday started out as a caregiver in a Board and Care home, where he learned about hospice through one of the residents he attended.

His African culture had always discouraged being around death and the dying, so he found being with his dying patient especially painful. However, it was through this experience that Friday learned hospice was actually a good thing.

Dedicated to his love of caring for the elderly and wanting to be there for them during their last days, Friday persevered through his temporary pain from the loss to help others. He went from Caregiver to CNA to Medical Assistant and, finally to LVN where he now specializes in hospice nursing at OC Hospice.

Now he says, “I feel inner peace, when caring for these patients.”

Friday enjoys every opportunity that hospice nursing provides for hands on patient care. He shares that “It is my goal is to go to them in whatever situation they are going through…and to make them comfortable.”

He further explains that he accomplishes this with his high level of patience. “You really have to be patient, because it is not easy for them at this stage. Sometimes they are frustrated. But no matter what, I know they are going through a difficult time. They just need a special, loving touch.”

He also realizes that senior hospice patients are not on the same time clock as everyone else and Friday knows to give them the time they need. He proudly shares that his elderly patients know him for his patience and they thank him for that.

Not only that, but Friday extends his compassion to his senior friends at church. He greets them and makes sure they are properly settled in for the service and he loves joining them on bus tours just in case they need his help.


Outstanding Nurse - Hospital or Facility

 
Juana Garcia
 

Position: Licensed Vocational Nurse

Organization: AltaMed Health Services

 

Juana became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2004, and started working at the Presbyterian Community Hospital for several years. She then worked at a convalescent home for another two years. Juana joined the AltaMed team in 2009 as an LVN for our Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in East Los Angeles. Juana is now part of the team that conducts in-home assessments to see if frail seniors will qualify to enter the PACE program. She is currently taking courses at the East Los Angeles Community College in preparation to enter a Registered Nursing degree program. She believes she has found her passion in working with the senior population and plans to further her education to better care for her patients.


Compassionate Caregiver - Home Care

 
Reginaldo (Reggie) Ramos
 

Position: Care Coordinator

Organization: Professional Health Care Services, Inc.

 

Reginaldo Ramos is a Care Consultant at Professional Health Care Services, Inc. who started as a caregiver at the age of 16 and has had many long-term clients. While he has a degree as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), he prefers to put his heart and soul into caregiving.


Compassionate Caregiver - Hospital / Hospice / or Facility

 
JOSE MARQUEZ
 

Position: C.N.A

Organization: MONTEREY PARK CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL

 

JOSE IS A CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT, HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED WITH OUR FACILITY FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND HAS FROM DAY ONE STRIVED TO BE AN EXCELLENT NURSE AND CAREGIVER, HE IS VERY COMPASSIONATE AND ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HIS JOB, ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS LOVE HIM AND HE IS FREQUENTLY PRAISED BY FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUPERVISORS, HIS SWEET AND CARING DEMEANOR SHINES TROUGH WHEN HE PROVIDES CARE TO OUR RESIDENTS, HIS POSITIVE, HAPPY ATTITUDE KEEPS A SMILE ON OUR RESIDENTS ALL DAY AND HE NEVER LIMITS TO TAKING CARE OF HIS ASSIGN RESIDENTS ONLY HE HELPS ALL RESIDENTS THE SAME AND HE FREQUENTLY PARTICIPATES IN ANY ACTIVITY BEING DONE SUCH AS SINGING, DANCING, BEING SANTA FOR XMAS, GOIN TO OUTINGS AT THE PARK, REGARDLESS IF IT IS ON WORK TIME OR NOT HE PARTICIPATES TO BRING HAPPINNES AND JOY TO OUR RESIDENTS.


Outstanding Social Worker - Home/Skilled Facility

 
April Nelson
 

Position: Director of Social Services

Organization: Catered Manor Skilled Nursing

 

April currently is The Director Of Social Services at Catered Manor Skilled Nursing Facility, she is a very important part of the Interdisciplinary Team, where she addresses the psycho-social needs of the residents and discharge planning. When I met April, I immediately knew she was in the health care field because she loves helping people. Her warm demeanor and sincerity shines when you see her interact with her patients. She has the most beautiful eyes as you can see love radiating through them when she speaks. They say that our eyes are the windows to our souls. Anyone who meets April can see that she has a beautiful soul. It's an honor to nominate April Nelson for all her hard work and dedication. She is oh so deserving of this award and most definitely a hero in the eyes of many.


Outstanding Social Worker - Hospital or Specialty

 
Karin Little
 

Position: Family Consultant

Organization: Caregiver Resource Center

 

Karin Little is a long-time Family Consulatant at Caregiver Resource Center. She provides an array of support services to family caregivers of adults with brain impairments of chronic health care needs. All that Karin does is focused on helping the family caregiver provide their best care and maintain their own health and mental health along the journey. In addition, Karin functions as the Education Coordinator at the agency. She in involved in numerous education collaboratives and is a sought after speaker for caregiver issues. She coordinates all of the many education offerings that the CRC provides in the community as the county's designated lead agency for family caregiving. Karin provides I&R, caregiver assessments, support counseling, support groups, family consultation, psycho-education programs, presentations and workshops, and community outreach along with the coordination of education. She is also a community expert in Huntington Disease, providing the only support group in the community for this population and interacts with the HD Clinic at UCI as a key resource.


Outstanding Therapist (OT, PT, ST)

 
Victoria Ogundipe
 

Position: Director of Rehabilitation Services, Physical Therapist

Organization: Life Care Centers of America

 

Victoria has been a dedicated employee at La Habra Convalescent Hospital for twenty years. Besides providing Physical Therapy treatment to seniors and managing the demands of the Rehabilitation Department, Victoria brings joy to the patients she serves.


Outstanding Advocate, Gerontologist, Educator

 
Patty Mouton
 

Position: VP of Outreach and Public Policy; Director, Education and Public Policy

Organization:Alzheimer's Association, Orange County

 

Patty Barnett Mouton has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare in Orange County. In her current role, Patty serves as the Vice President, Outreach & Advocacy, for the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter. She manages clinical outreach and education for physicians, nurses, social workers and many other health care and senior care providers. Patty manages Advocacy and Public Policy activities for the Orange County chapter at the local, state and federal levels. Patty is active in the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative, serving on the Advocacy/Public Policy committee, the OC Healthy Aging Initiative committee and has recently been appointed to the CalOptima Member Advisory Committee, representing the issues of older adults. For the past three years Patty has served as co-chair of the OC POLST Medical Coalition.

Patty is an approved instructor for a variety of professional organizations, including: the California Board of Registered Nursing, CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, CA Community Care Licensing, CA Nursing Home Administrator Program, CA Board of Physical Therapy, CA Board of Occupational Therapy, the CA Bar Association and ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium).

Patty and her husband Roger live in Laguna Niguel and are happy grandparents of Miranda, Arthur, Serena and Keegan. Keiko, their rescue dog, rules the roost!

Why is this person a hero? Nominations that show heart, integrity and making a difference for others get noticed.

Patty has served on staff at the Alzheimer’s Association for 8 years, and for 5 years prior as a volunteer speaker and support group facilitator. She has been active in the Pastoral Care program at Mission Hospital, and is currently involved in training for animal assistive therapy in dementia. Her previous professional and volunteer roles included hospice care, special vigil programs for the actively dying, and liturgical music. Her passion for improving the quality of life and quality of care of older adults was born during her tenure in hospice care. She is happiest when sharing information. She has been a featured lecturer and keynote speaker across Orange County, and recently presented at the California Council of Geriatrics and Gerontology at USC.


Administrator or Executive Director of a Facility

 
Noemi Figueroa

Position: Administrator

Organization: Paradise Residential Homes

 

Noemi Figueroa is owner and Administrator of Paradise Residential Home, which is a licensed board and care home in Orange. She has many years of experience and takes excellent care of her residents, no matter how challenging their behaviors or their needs. She is patient, kind and compassionate with each resident.


Senior Care Hero at Large

 
Oggie Barney

Position: Home Delivered Meals Driver

Organization: SeniorServ

 

Oggy is one of our employed drivers for Meals on Wheels delivery


Veteran Hero

 
Lee Dorman
 

Position: Volunteer, Veteran of the U.S. Navy

Organization: Council on Aging-Orange County

 

As a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Lee Dorman has dedicated his retirement to helping seniors and especially veterans. Lee currently volunteers and supports the following programs: OC Veterans Advisory Council, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Honor Society, Veterans Employment Committee and HICAP. In his work with HICAP, Lee has been a state registered Medicare counselor helping people get the benefits they are entitle to for more than 5 years.


Volunteer of the Year - People's Choice!

 
Ellen Fisher
 

Position: Volunteer

Organization: SeniorServ

 

Volunteer Ellen Fisher leads by example. Her passion for homebound seniors is contagious and her ability to inspire others effortless. Ellen first learned of SeniorServ through the annual Grant a Wish for a Senior Holiday Gift Program. Since the day Ellen purchased that first gift, she has become impassioned with using her creative vision and fundraising skills to increase awareness and enhance the lives of Orange County homebound seniors, while inspiring many others to do the same.
“My interest is in the individual who is largely homebound, often without family or financial resources; the one whose phone doesn’t ring for days at a time,” explains Ellen. I try to find small ways in which to make those individuals happier – even momentarily – to let them know that they are remembered and cared about. I do not do this work alone; there are almost 30 others helping through donations and work. I send out the word and they help. The amount is unimportant. The involvement is what matters.”
SeniorServ has come to know this group of 30 caring individuals as “Ellen and Friends.”
With Ellen’s guidance, Ellen and Friends have collectively raised over $4000 in cash and in-kind items such as such as blankets and sheets, toasters, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, nutritional supplements, holiday remembrances… and even transportation. “Some of my group have used to their skills as crafters and developed a Craft Guild, selling their handwork at OC craft shows and donating the proceeds to fill in the gaps for SeniorServ Meals on Wheels clients”, explained Ellen.
Ellen is proactive; She learns of a need and thinks creatively to find ways to inspire others to collectively contribute their time, talent and treasure towards meeting a common goal.
Most recently, after learning that budget cuts eliminated SeniorServ’s funding for ACCESS (curb to curb) transportation for frail seniors, Ellen hosted a Virtual Tea Party, where ‘guests’ were sent an invitation, a tea bag and a message requesting their support. This effort alone provided 229 ACCESS passes for homebound seniors needing a way to get to their doctors appointments.
Additionally, Ellen also volunteers as a committee member for the Senior Holiday Gift Program, creates a quarterly volunteer newsletter, speaks to groups when requested, and communicates regularly whenever a new idea emerges. “She is SeniorServ’s ‘think tank’, putting ideas into motion, solving needs one at a time while filling in the gaps”, states Theresa Powell, SeniorServ Director, Volunteer Services. “This is invaluable, especially in these times of sequestration and funding reductions. We need more Ellens!”

 


Family Member Hero - People's Choice!

 
Robert T. Rangel
 

Position: My Dad

Organization: Parent

 

Robert has always been a gentleman to the seniors. At his job, he quickly helped all those who were frail or in need of assistance. From Jerry Lewis wife to his neighbor's, Robert was available to help with small and large task. When Roberts neighbor passed in his arm chair, Robert contacted the family who lived in New York. Helped with arrangements for transfer and helped console the daughter. Many times Robert assisted with his senior retirement group in setting up chairs, arranging for food, carrying the food, schmoozing those members who might need to feel warm and fuzzy. When his daughter went into Senior Care (that's me) he always supported her volunteer programs by assisting events. Later, he became a care support to his wife during some down time after surgery. With laughter and great love, he took care of his wife and made sure she had stories to share about what most might consider embarrassing moments. A sensitive man who would talk to anyone at the Hospital, he comforted those whose stress levels were in need of kindness. Some how he always gets people to smile and leave feeling a warm sense of community. A kind man who still holds the doors open for people even at McDonalds, Robert is one of the most loving people I know. He cares about the people in the community and shows thoughtfulness to all. A giving man. Robert will makes sure you are fed, gases up in your vehicle and leave him home in a safe manner. No Matter who you are.

My Hero. My Dad. I love you.