Spring Hill, Florida (March 13, 2014) – Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of February. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.
This month’s Oak Hill Hospital “Stars” are:
Gabriel Barreto, RT (R)(CT)
Gabriel serves as a CT tech in our radiology department where he views his job as helping physicians treat and diagnose patients by providing quality diagnostic radiographs and scans. Gabriel joined Oak Hill Hospital’s radiology department in 2009. He and his wife, Leishah, live in Spring Hill with their daughter, Leiliani, who is six years old. Gabriel’s nomination came from a physician who praised Gabriel for his professionalism by “demonstrating precise expertise when executing the test while maintaining organization, leadership of events and action prior to my arrival and excellent time management to complete a lengthy exam. As a result, a secondary exam to follow the next day was not required due to the clear pictures ascertained by this technician; thus saving my patient from another exam and length of stay in the hospital.” For his part, Gabriel says that the thing he likes best about working at Oak Hill Hospital is “the atmosphere – everyone from our volunteers to administration are always smiling, happy and ready to help anyone they meet.”
Michelle Gulizio, Critical Care Educator
Michelle was recently promoted to our new critical care educator. She has been with HCA since 1999 and her professional experience includes working as a critical care nurse and as a flight nurse and educator for one of the top five global air ambulance companies. She is currently working on her Masters degree in adult acute care nursing. Michelle’s nomination came from a coworker as she was working in the critical care unit. Michelle was praised for assisting the coworker in helping one of her patients and handling multiple extra tasks that go with the care. Michelle transferred to Oak Hill from Bayonet Point’s cardiothoracic surgery department and is thrilled with her career achievement as critical care educator.
Shawn Kernz, RN, Intensive Care
Shawn was born and raised in Citrus County, Florida and graduated nursing school in 2010. He spent seven months at another facility’s general medical/surgical telemetry unit before moving to their 16 bed general ICU. Following that he joined us at Oak Hill Hospital’s cardiovascular intensive care unit. Shawn was singled out by other staff members caring for patients at a difficult time, for his astute awareness of coworkers’ needs and prompt attention to them before the coworker even asked for it. Shawn’s action was truly appreciated. The coworker was relatively new to Oak Hill Hospital and the only comment that was made was, “This type of kindness is not what I’m used to in my old job. I am so grateful to work with such wonderful people.”
In making the announcement Oak Hill Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Sonia Gonzalez said, “Dr. Thomas Frist, Senior, our founder, always believed that ‘Good people beget good people.’ People like Gabriel, Michelle and Shawn prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”
About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus Counties (262 acute care beds), is one of the area’s largest private employers, and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery. Approximately 300 physicians, 950 associates, and over 350 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team.
Oak Hill has demonstrated its healthcare leadership by achieving distinction as the:
· First hospital in the area to offer a Graduate Medical Education (GME) program with a Residency in Internal Medicine
· First and only open heart surgery hospital in Hernando County.
· First hospital in our region to receive the Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Care excellence by WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Awards.
· First accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (heart catheterization) and the first hospital in the area to achieve Heart Failure accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First and only advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando County to be fully accredited by The Joint Commission.
· First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
· First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
· First hospital in the region to offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and first to achieve national certification by The Joint Commission for its hip & knee replacement and spinal fusion programs.
· First in the nation to have achieved 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses, CEN’s, for which it was honored by the Emergency Nurses Association and first in Florida to receive the prestigious Lantern Award in ER nursing for exemplifying exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.
· Now offers the most advanced robotic assisted surgical system: the newly refined da Vinci® Si Surgical System.
· Named by The Joint Commission as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care.
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@HCAHealthcare.com. In Citrus call 352-628-6441. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at OakHillHospital.com, or like us on Facebook.