2019 SCHA Awards
Outstanding Executive Director

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Vicki Hallaian Vicki Hallaian

Vicki Hallaian

Position: Administrator

Organization: Optimal Hospice


List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Vicki was born in Bakersfield, California, and left by age 5. Her father was a Pastor of a church and she always wanted to go with him to the hospitals to visit patients. Vicki was intrigued with the career of being a nurse, she would dream of one day becoming a nurse. 30 years and 3 kids later she became a nurse! Vicki started in the newborn nursery floating to other related departments bringing life into the world and educating parents and loved it! But there were times when she felt something was missing and she was missing her calling. Then one day, a friend said to her, “you should try hospice”. Vicki didn’t even know what hospice was. When Vicki took a leap of faith and interviewed for the position of hospice admission nurse her interviewer said, “I never hire anyone without hospice experience, but what you have I can’t teach, I will teach you the rest!” It was at that moment 10 years ago where the goosebumps had goosebumps and Vicki jumped in with both feet. Vicki has never looked back and regretted her decision. She is privileged to sit in the seat of Executive Director and DPCS for Optimal Hospice!

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Vicki works every day to build an outstanding team of clinicians, social workers, chaplains and volunteers as a team to create an environment for the community like no other. Vicki has succeeded in building a strong staff all dedicated to the same goal to provide the community with excellence in care for the terminally ill patients and their families. For this reason, I nominate Vicki as Outstanding Executive Director for Senior Serv.


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5.0  (34)
Vicki Hallaian 2019-07-17 09:44:22 Jill Paulson
Voted by SCHA Community Member    July 17, 2019

Vicki is such a GREAT partner to work with. She is the momma bear and balance to our Program. Thank you Vicki for all you do and manage!

Vicki Hallaian 2019-07-10 10:04:45 Monique Robles
Voted by SCHA Community Member    July 10, 2019

Vicki is Awesome

Vicki Hallaian 2019-07-06 14:07:31 Salman Husainy
Voted by SCHA Community Member    July 06, 2019

Vicki is truly an amazing boss. She is kind, compassionate and caring for our patients and always advocates for her staff. Our staff at Optimal Hospice love her. She deserves this award.

Vicki Hallaian 2019-07-02 19:36:14 Alma Perry
Voted by SCHA Community Member    July 02, 2019

I have worked with may supervisors and not had problems with any but there have been a few I can count on one hand Nd one of them is Vicki she is very caring passionate and you can talk to her when you are going through something whether it be work or personal, she was there for me when we had to bring my dad onto hospice and she gave me the time and support I needed, awesome supervisor can’t say enough.

Vicki Hallaian 2019-06-26 06:20:36 Jill Paulson
Voted by SCHA Community Member    June 26, 2019

Vicki is so such a fun, loving coworker. You will not find a more compassionate "mommabear" over a team like Vicki. She works hard and keeps the work environment peaceful and provides incredible leadership over her team. Way to Go Vicki!