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A Message from Our President

An exceptional display of teamwork. We all have had many new experiences during COVID-19. At Memorial Healthcare System, we’ve tried to find the bright side whenever we can. Looking beyond the obvious impact to see where each of us has an opportunity to shine. I have always been impressed by the teamwork here. It’s part […]

Respiratory Therapy

Leadership insights about COVID, nursing collaboration and the future of the profession. Originally called “inhalation therapy”, the respiratory therapy specialty didn’t emerge until the mid-1940’s. From there, it was several decades before licensing and credentialing was put in place. Jerry Wright, Director of Respiratory Care Services[…]

Nursing in the time of COVID-19

Leadership insights on collaborative care and what lies ahead. Alberto Garcia, Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Hospital Miramar, joined Memorial Healthcare System during the last two weeks of 2019. “I was just starting here at a nice quiet community hospital. Then, all of a sudden, we’re like ground zero for the pandemic,” he says. “We […]

Meet Richardson Joseph

Oncology RN and Nurse Residency Program Graduate Richardson Joseph, RN, BSN, began his journey to a nursing career many years ago. He was introduced to Memorial Healthcare System as a high schooler who visited the ER for medical care. Even at that early age, he was impressed at how well he was treated as a […]

The Memorial Nurse Residency Program

A Bridge Between Academia and the Real World That’s how Anthony G. Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Director – Nurse Residency Program describes the Program – as a bridge to the future. “Just like any bridge, they are all designed differently,” explains Anthony. “Our bridge is based on three key elements – structure, synergy and engagement. […]

A Special Message from Maggie Hansen, Chief Nursing Executive

When I was promoted to CNE in 2016, I came to the executive table with a vision for Memorial Healthcare System to be THE destination for nursing. We developed our first-ever systemwide Nursing Strategic Plan, the outcomes of which have been well noted and celebrated. From there, we have expanded – and continue to expand […]

Environmental Services Ramps Up Their Efforts

William Lubin joined Memorial Healthcare System about 15 years ago and has been happy here ever since. Today, he is Director of Environmental Services at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where he believes that his staff is the backbone of the organization – keeping patients, employees, and families safe.

Food & Nutrition Services Adapts to New Challenges

Melissa “Missy” Santoro, Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Memorial Regional Hospital, has been leading teams here for more than 20 years. She is made for this moment, saying that she is the type of person that “runs toward the fire, rather than away from it.”

A look at our heroes behind the scenes.

We’ve heard a lot about healthcare heroes over the past few months, seeing images of doctors and nurses in their PPE. But there are many others who have escaped the public eye. This issue of our career e-newsletter is dedicated to some of those people: the essential workers on our Support Services teams.