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.
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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