For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843
SVMHS Honors Nurse and Employee of the Year
SALINAS, CA, May 13, 2014- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is celebrating National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week with two weeks of activities for all staff including the announcement today of Nurse and Employee of the Year.
Events celebrating the dedication and contributions of SVMHS employees kicked off Monday, May 5 and run though the end of the week. In addition to a family style BBQ and picnic, there have been several other activities including guest speakers, an ice cream social, wall of appreciation and free neck and shoulder massages.
Nurse of the Year
Marie Marbach, RN, Staff Nurse III
Employees at SVMHS selected Marie Marbach, RN as 2014 Nurse of the Year. Marie is a Staff Nurse III in Medical/Surgical/Cardiovascular (MSCV) at SVMHS. She joined the healthcare system in April 2000 and has enthusiastically served in many collaborative and leadership roles, including as past chair of the SVMH nurse practice council and current chair of the MSCV practice council. Marie earned her RN form Hartnell College in 2002. Her peers describe Marie as nurturing and welcoming and consider her to be a tremendous resource for patients, staff and nursing students who complete their clinical training at Salinas Valley Memorial.
Employee of the Year
Mike Jago, Chief Biomedical Engineer
The SVMHS 2014 Employee of the Year is Mike Jago. Mike is the Hospital’s Chief Biomedical Engineer. He joined Salinas Valley Memorial in November 1996 and was promoted to his current position in February 2011. His colleagues describe Mike as an exemplary role model not only for his team, but also by people in the many hospital departments he serves. He inspires others with his “can do” attitude and confidently takes on challenges big and small. Mike leads his team in overseeing the advanced medical technologies throughout the healthcare system.
National Nurses Week and Hospital Week festivities conclude Friday, May 16th with the return of the SVMHS Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market launched last year and became an employee favorite. Local produce venders offer fresh fruits and vegetables at the corner of Wilgart Way and E. Romie Lane in Salinas every Friday from 2pm to 6pm. The certified organic Farmers’ Market is designed to promote the importance of eating healthy and is open to the public.