On Friday, November 8th, the National Health Foundation held the 8th annual Hospital Hero Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "We are recognizing individuals who have followed their personal compass to serve the health care industry in a manner that we all would expect, but many times fail to celebrate," says J. Eugene Grigsby, III President and CEO of the National Health Foundation. "Your support enables these people to participate in quality healthcare services that are delivered by the marvelous Hospital Heroes we celebrate; what a wonderful difference we make together."
San Dimas Community Hospital sponsored and attended. With five nominees, SDCH had the most nominees out of any participating Southern California Hospital. Of the five nominees, it was narrowed down to two finalists, Jonathan Celera and Loralina Ona.
The day after the email was sent out about the Hospital Hero Awards, Jonathan Celera received 12 nominations. "I nominate Jonathan for the hero award for his phenomenal dedication to his work," was stated on one of Jonathan's nominations. "He did volunteer work at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, worked the First Aid booth at the San Dimas Rodeo, participated in feeding the poor and less fortunate at Pasadena's Union Station, helped decorate Rose Parade floats for the city of Azusa, to name a few. Jonathan is an asset to this hospital." He is a Monitor Technician at SDCH and is always ready and willing to help with a smile.
Loralina Ona, charge nurse for the Medical Surgical Telemetry Floor at SDCH, is not only a role model for fellow co-workers in her unit, but also for the entire hospital. Loralina has been with the hospital for eight years and has always believed and practiced the motto "patients come first". She is constantly providing ongoing support and education to the staff to ensure the unit is at its best while at the same time creating a nurturing and caring environment.
Both San Dimas Community Hospital and the National Health Foundation congratulate both Jonathan Celera and Loralina Ona and thank them for their continued support and service.