Adventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance ExcellenceAdventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance Excellence

Adventist Health White Memorial is proud to be one of four recipients of the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Award for Performance Excellence by the California Council of Excellence (CCE). The honorees are recognized based on the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence for their outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership.

The Eureka applicants were evaluated by teams comprised of the 2017 CAPE Board of Examiners. The rigorous evaluation process takes more than three months, including a weeklong site visit, and covers the applicant’s’ performance in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Framework: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The Eureka application evaluation is overseen by the CAPE Board of Judges to ensure the integrity of the process and to recommend recognition levels to CCE’s Board of Directors for ratification.

The CAPE Eureka Award process is modeled after that of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessments, training, tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations; shares the best practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.

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Congratulations to Beth Zachary on Retirement after 37 Years with Adventist Health!

Beth Zachary led Boyle Heights-based White Memorial for 15 years before rising to senior vice president of parent company Adventist Health, where she also serves as president and CEO of the Southern California Region retired on Jan. 31. We’re proud to have called Beth Zachary part of our family for over 37 years.

Since 2011, Beth has led the Adventist Health Southern California Region and for the past three years has served as its president and CEO, chairing the hospital boards at Adventist Health Bakersfield, Glendale, Simi Valley and White Memorial as part of her role.

“I am grateful for all Beth’s contributions especially her dedication to mission and quality leadership. Her presence will be missed at Adventist Health,” said president and CEO Scott Reiner.

Beth has been a tireless advocate for listening to the needs of Adventist Health’s employees, physicians, and communities. While CEO of White Memorial, Beth helped lead one of our most troubled hospitals into an era of success by rebuilding the campus to meet seismic standards, bringing state-of-the art technology to East Los Angeles, obtaining national recognition for top-tier quality care, and making it one of Adventist Health’s strongest hospitals financially.

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Join us at the Evidence-Based Practice Symposium 2018!

We are excited to be hosting The Evidence-Based Practice Council at Adventist Health White Memorial on July 18, 2018. We are extending a warm invitation to healthcare professionals in leadership, nursing, other interdisciplinary professionals, and nursing students to this inaugural evidence-based practice symposium, Transforming Nursing Care in the Community Hospital: The Case for Evidence-Based Practice.

We are honored to be joined by keynote speaker, Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, distinguished professor of nursing at the University of Texas and respected author and speaker on evidence-based practice, who will enlighten us with her experiences and groundbreaking ideas related to the implementation of EBP within a system.

The symposium will take place at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles. Speakers and breakout sessions will explore the foundation, development, and future implementation of evidence-based practice at the community hospital level, while providing the information necessary for a system-wide application.

Attendees will be provided with the skills necessary to utilize evidence-based practice to have maximum impact on safety and quality outcomes. Breakout sessions for practitioners from novice to expert will provide the tools required for successful implementation and to ensure the sustainability of evidence-based practice within the community hospital.

Please register at here.  For more information, please contact the Evidence-Based Practice Council at WMCNR@ah.org. We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you!

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Adventist Health RN Residency Program

San Joaquin Community Hospital has immediate openings for our upcoming new graduate Adventist Health RN Residency Program.

The program is a structured orientation and professional development, designed to ease the transition from new graduate to professional nurse. Applicants must have an active CA RN license prior to the June 5, 2017 start. Must also be willing to work in Bakersfield, CA.

Positions are available in the following units:

  • Telemetry
  • Med/Surg
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Department

Program Highlights

  • Individualized learning and orientation plan
  • Immersion period – 12-18 week orientation (length dependent on specialty)
  • Increased time at the bedside; decreased time in the classroom
  • Paired with an engaged preceptor – “the married state”
  • Professional and emotional support continues throughout the first year and the Resident’s development from novice to competent clinical team member

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Current CA RN license is required prior to program start, June 5, 2017
  • Candidates must be willing to relocate to Bakersfield, CA
  • Associate Degree RNs accepted; BSN preferred
  • Less than six (6) months of acute care experience working as a RN
  • Applicants with non-acute experience for longer than 6 months may also be considered at the discretion of unit specific criteria
  • Attendance is mandatory for scheduled classes
  • Vacations will not be permitted during the Clinical Immersion phase of the residency

Benefits:

  • Up to $3,000 in relocation reimbursement is available to qualifying candidates
  • Health benefits start on the first day of the month following hire date
  • Additional benefits include retirement plan, tuition assistance, employee referral bonus, paid leave bank, and more!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

Once hired, RN will be required to sign a Registered Nurse Residency Employment Commitment Agreement with a minimum period of two years of full-time employment.

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Per-Diem Registered Nurse Open House

Are you looking to supplement your current nursing career? Join us at our Per-Diem Registered Nurse Open House on Monday, March 28, 2018 from 9am – 2pm! We have both day and night shifts available, and you will have the opportunity to discuss openings in the following areas:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Med-Surg
  • Cath Lab
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Case Management
  • OR / GI Lab
  • Critical Care
  • Telemetry
  • Emergency Department
  • Women’s Services

Come see why Adventist Health Glendale has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and was voted “Best Hospital in Glendale” by the Glendale News-Press readers!

Be sure to apply online before the event and bring a copy of your updated resume. Note that you must have 2+ years of acute hospital experience to be considered.

The open house will be held at the Human Performance Office:
East Tower
1509 Wilson Terrace
Glendale, CA 91206

 

For additional information, please e-mail ahsocaltalent@ah.org.

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Congratulations to President and CEO Andrew Jahn!

President and CEO Andrew Jahn was chosen to lead the Adventist Health Southern California Region and will assume his new duties as president at the end of the month.

Jahn spent two and a half years as CFO, ahead of which he held positions such as director of finance at  Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and assistant to the CFO of Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Jahn and his family will be relocating to Southern California.

“It is an indescribable privilege to transition to the Adventist Health Southern California Region to lead an incredible team,” Jahn stated, adding that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve with quality people doing heartfelt and exceptional work during his 15-plus years in Adventist healthcare.

Adventist Health President Bill Wing says Jahn’s history with the company made him an ideal candidate for his new role. He comments, “Jahn is a creative and compassionate leader with the right skills and experience…[he] has demonstrated his deep passion for our mission and commitment to the communities we serve throughout his tenure with Adventist Health.”

Jahn holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jahn serves as a  member of the Union College Advisory Board, Chair-elect of the Hospital Council of Northern California, board member and trustee for the California Hospital Association, and executive board member of the Tuolumne County Business Council

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Neonatal Nurse Spotlight: Aileen E. Takeshita

Aileen E. Takeshita (RN, BSN, CCRN, Program Coordinator—Education/NICU) works with our tiniest patients. Here’s why she finds this work so meaningful and rewarding, in her own words:

“As an NICU nurse, I work with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and/or surgical problems. These babies usually experience problems from the time they’re born or shortly after birth. Not only do we care for the baby, we also care for the family. We provide them with psychosocial support during this stressful time.

At the end of the day, the greatest reward is a genuine thank you from the parents or family. Of course, it is always sending a baby home. The harsh reality is that not all babies go home. But when a mother, father, or family member pulls you aside, gives you a hug, and says “Thank you for all you did to help me and my baby,” that’s the reward.

I live in this community. In 23 years I’ve worked at White Memorial, I’ve taken care of a lot of babies. I see these families [outside of the hospital]. And they always remember me and are so excited when they can say “Look at my baby. He/She is doing so well now. Thank you!”

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Allied Health

At Adventist Health Southern California Region, it takes a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to deliver the high quality, compassionate care we’re known for. This includes our outstanding allied health professionals. Our allied health opportunities cover a broad spectrum of clinical professions. We have careers in rehab for physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as respiratory therapists who help restore quality of life for those affected by a wide range of illnesses and injuries. For those with a passion for advanced technology and a desire to contribute to clinical diagnosis and treatment, we have openings in our state-of-the-art laboratory and imaging environments. If your training is in social work, we also have opportunities for you to help patients and their families develop positive and healthy lifestyle choices when they leave our hospitals. With all of the allied health options we have to offer, you’ll find a career that’s the right fit for you. Learn more.

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Celebrating our IV Nurses!

January 25th is IV Nurse Day! We want to recognize these highly skilled clinical professionals for the vital role they play in patient healing. In fact, IV nurses perform a wide variety of key duties as they administer medications and fluids through an intravenous line, central line, or venous access port. This could include chemotherapy infusion, blood transfusions, antibiotic infusions, steroid infusions, nutrition replacement and much more. In order to take on these responsibilities, an IV nurse must be experienced and knowledge in such areas as pharmacology, laboratory and even telemetry. Because of their high level of specialization and their deep level of care and compassion, we’re proud to honor our IV nurses – today and every day. We invite you to take a look at our current opening for an Infusion RN.

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Honoring the skill of our CRNAs!

It’s National CRNA Week! Whether in the operating room, intensive care or an outpatient surgery center, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists serve a vital patient care role. Over 52,000 strong, our nation’s CRNAs safely administer approximately 43 million anesthetics every year. This week – and every other week of the year – we’re proud to recognize and honor our CRNAs for the high level of skill, knowledge and compassion they bring to our patients. If you’re looking for a technologically-advanced setting in which to grow your career, we invite you to consider joining them. View our current CRNA openings.

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Adventist Health RN Residency Program

Every day, 36,000 units of blood are needed in the United States. Whether it’s for cancer treatment, transfusions or traumatic injuries, patients everywhere rely on blood donations. To meet these needs, nearly 11 million people donate blood each year. During National Blood Donor Month this January, we want to honor those special individuals who make the sacrifice to donate blood. We also want to encourage others to get the new year off to a life-saving start by donating blood.  If you’re a lab professional, this would also be a great time to explore the blood bank opportunities available at Adventist Health Southern California Region. You can make the most of your skills and expertise and enjoy tremendous potential for career growth in a dynamic, state-of-the-art environment. Explore these openings and apply today!

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