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Gilbert Dorado

Gilbert Dorado

Position: IDS Social Service Director Care Coordination

Organization: PIH Health


What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?

Gilbert has been a social worker for more than 15 years and has worked with various communities in his career. Gilbert has always been dedicated and passionate about his work and the community he serves.

Two years ago, he was given the opportunity to serve as the Integrated Delivery System (IDS) Social Services Program Director at PIH Health with the goal to further develop and enhance the current social services programs throughout the organization. This positon was offered to him because of his success in his past roles as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor and the Interim Case Management Director. Furthermore, he was also asked to serve as the Co-Chair for the Patient’s Rights/Ethics Committee.

His focus in the last two years has been to establish and organize the Advance Care Planning Community Group for the Downey and Whittier area. The focus of this group is to create advance care planning/end of life initiatives within the community. Such initiatives include educating health care providers and community members on Advance Care Planning and create space for health care providers and community members to have the opportunity to discuss and complete an advance healthcare directive to ensure their wishes are known and honored.

Gilbert has also been working on establishing social work services within primary care physician offices, enhancing the current behavioral healthcare programs and is assisting in developing a comprehensive palliative care program for PIH Health.

Why should this person be nominated
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 Spiritual Director. Once he is done with the program he hopes to offer spiritual direction at his church.

It is evident that Gilbert’s passion to serve the community goes beyond the confines of a job description. It is who he is as a person – professionally, personally, spiritually……. Words to describe Gilbert would include Compassionate, Fair-Minded, Hardworking and Warm-Hearted.