Outstanding Social Worker

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Alma Miller-Perry

Position: Social Worker

Organization: Optimal Hospice


Everyone that knows Alma knows she is a caring loving and very funny, reliable and trustworthy woman. Alma has always been there for her patients but also very supportive of her co-workers. There is not a single job her co-workers ask of her that she says no to. Alma is full of compassion and she will go above and beyond for everyone she works with as well as her patients and families. Alma has sat with many of her patients at the bedside during their passing, offering emotional support to the f ...

Denise Dupré Kozak

Position: Social Worker/Case Manager

Organization: Placentia Linda Hospital


A co-worker tells us, “Denise is one of the most caring individuals that I've ever met. She not only does her normal job description, but she goes above and beyond to make sure that every senior and their family understands what is happening. She goes as far as making follow up phone calls to make sure that the patients safely arrived home. If they were transferred to a Skilled Nursing Home, she calls and expects an answer from the facility. She is one of the biggest advocates for seniors ...

Jennifer Baca

Position: Case Manager

Organization: Manor Care Health Services


Jill Upton

Position: Lead Social Worker

Organization: Irvine Adult Day Health Services


Jill told us, “The story that stays with me the most involves an older and younger adult – both suffering from dementia, and both stole my heart.” She is describing a father and daughter who were participants at the center. The father – “Sam” – had dementia and his wife needed help keeping him active (plus she needed a break herself). But then, their daughter – “Karen” – a 39-year-old graphic artist, married and mother of 2, began suffering from temporal lobe dementia. Jill ...

John Alexander

Position: Case Manager

Organization: Kaiser Homecare


John is not just a case manager, he is an advocate for older adults and an exceptional human being. He focuses on helping connect the senior and family with the correct resources to help them have a life where they can thrive. John doesn’t hand off a case until he has ensured that he has done the best job possible for a positive outcome. This is what makes him stand out from others in his position.

The best way to describe why John deserves this recognition is to just highlight the things tha ...

Kathy Valdesuso

Position: Social Worker

Organization: Healthcare Partners


Kathy wins my hero nomination for her relentless work with seniors and the community on Palliative Care and End of Life education, support and commitment to always doing what is in the best interest of her patients. Kathy goes above and beyond by visiting her patients when they are in the hospital, in a nursing home or at their own home when she feels they need extra support and comfort from her. She is such a compassionate, caring lady never forgetting a single person that steps into her offic ...

Lauren Stowell

Position: Director of Social Services

Organization: The Pavilion at Sunny Hills


Lauren truly sees all of her patients and their families as her own family. She builds a bond with them and they often still talk to her and follow up even after being home. We all know being in skilled nursing can be very stressful for the patient as well as their families and Lauren does everything she can to make their experience a little better even if that means just being an ear to listen to. In her own words she said “People remember how your make them feel not necessarily what you say ...

Lori Davis

Position: Social Worker

Organization: Monarch Health Care, part of OPTUM


Lori is very patient with our members and families. She never seems to get overwhelmed with the hectic pace of the Behavioral Health Program, taking time to understand the member’s needs and concerns. She is very good at follow-up and stays with the member until resolution is found. For example – One member Lori worked with, we’ll call her Susie, was extremely depressed. She felt like her life was spiraling out of control due to her numerous illnesses. She told Lori she wasn’t used to ...

Marlene Arellano

Position: HDM Case Manager

Organization: Orange Senior Center


There are many people that have nice things to say about Marlene, but when Julie called in - a client of Marlene's - and feels so strongly about their case manager, we think that’s the best indication of a true “hero.” Julie wanted us to know that Marlene is kind, caring, a good listener and just smiles all the time. She never makes Julie feel like she’s in a hurry or doesn’t have time to really understand what Julie needs or is going through.

Julie has had a difficult life fill ...

Mary D. Pettway

Position: Director of Social Services

Organization: Lomita Post Acute Care Center


It takes a special person to be a social worker. Not many people can do what a social worker does, but to be a social worker that goes about any other, that’s special. I’ve known Mary for more than a decade, and every time I come to see her, she takes some time to complain about how busy she is. But her complains are not about the work that she has to do, her complains are about not having enough time to do all the extra things that she wants to do for the patients. She wants to spend more t ...

Mona El-Kurd

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Organization: Hoag CARES/Palliative Care Program


"I NEVER would think to do 90% of the things Mona does everyday for her patients." said a fellow co-worker at Hoag's palliative medicine CARES program. Mona is always on a mission! She does things like finding and establishing a relationship with a mattress store, so that a frail, dying, and bed-less patient could have a proper bed donated to finish her final days. She assisted coordinated a very special outing for a patient with a rare neurological disease so he could see one of ...

Roneet Cooper

Position: Social Worker

Organization: Monarch Health Care, part of OPTUM


Roneet has said that she’s learned so much from the clients she’s served that she really feels they’ve given more to her than she to them. One such client was a woman in her late eighties – we’ll call her Ruth – that resided at the ALF Roneet worked at here in Orange County. Ruth was a holocaust survivor. She had an indomitable spirit, not surprising considering all she’d been through. But, unfortunately, her relationship with her children was very strained, with almost no contact ...

Steven Sarosy

Position: Supervisor of Social Workers

Organization: Alignment Healthcare


Steven joined Alignment Healthcare in 2014 and pioneered their social service model to provide SW care to elders in their homes, wherever they live. He manages a team of SW, and works with MD's, NP's, PA's and Health coaches throughout California.
Steve is a "go to" person for a multidisciplinary team in California. He frequently travels with an MD or NP to a patients home to meet with a family and explain end of life choices. He is fluent in Spanish, which makes him a ...

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