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Senator Negrete McLeod Honors Nurses at Kaiser

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By Annie Taylor

Special to the Black Voice News


State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod spent a day at the hospital Friday, but not as a patient. Instead, the Senator was there to honor health professionals.

Negrete McLeod went to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana to celebrate National Nurses Day and National Hospital Week.

She wanted to honor nurses not only because they deserve it for their hard work and dedication, but also to focus attention on the need for nurses.

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left to right, Fontana Medical Center Executive Nurse Kathy Christmas, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals Senior Vice President and Executive Director Barry Wolfman, Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, and Fontana Medical Director Dr. David Quam
"Becoming a nurse is one of the most honorable professions in the world. In California alone we have more than 250,000 Registered Nurses and they are all heroes. Every day they save lives," Negrete McLeod said afterward.

Jennifer Cordova was honored for her work in Labor and Delivery. A Kaiser member had expressed gratitude for Cordova's sensitive handling of family and friends during a difficult labor. Berna Layvas and Lindsey Mabey, while on their way to their offices one day, stopped to deliver a baby who couldn't wait to be born and had to be delivered in the hospital's lobby.

Laura Ward, an Oncology nurse, was honored for her dedication to and work with cancer patients and has been instrumental in organizing the hospital's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Health Fair. Operating room nurse Bon Tark and  Oncology Case Manager Susan Woodrum were also recognized for their dedication and commitment to their patients.

Negrete McLeod said she has been a proud member of the Kaiser family for 35 years

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Bon Tark and Susan Woodrum with State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
"Kaiser has been great for me personally and for its members in general. I have found out first hand how the care Kaiser provides impacts our lives, and how important nurses are to making people whole," Negrete McLeod said.

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