In addition to the daily delivery of quality patient care, staff at Community Hospital of Huntington Park enjoyed some festive gatherings in recent weeks, along with a visit from the field deputy for a U.S. congressman. Following are some highlights.

U.S. Congressional Visit

Johncito “John” Peraza, field deputy for U.S. Congressman Robert Garcia, visited Community Hospital of Huntington Park April 20. Garcia is a former mayor of Long Beach and a current freshman in the House of Representatives, representing the district where Huntington Park is located.

Peraza described the congressman’s keen interest in healthcare, and the fact that COVID hit close to home as both of his parents died from the virus. Peraza toured the hospital and discussed payor issues with hospital leadership.

Photographed left to right: John Peraza, congressional field deputy; Colleen Bauer, chief nursing officer; and Matt Whaley, chief executive officer. Bauer is holding a certificate presented by Peraza to recognize the hospital for its ongoing work to serve the residents of Huntington Park and the surrounding area.

Patient Access Week

Staff members celebrated Patient Access Week with lunch followed by cake and ice cream. The festivities recognized the department’s contributions to improving quality of life for patients – including improved health outcomes and reduced costs – by ensuring easy access to hospital care.

Photographed left to right:  Ebony Doss, patient access director; CNO Colleen Bauer; CEO Matt Whaley; and staff members Kevin Castro, Candy Castillo, Elizabeth Lopez and Luis Chavez.

Kimmy’s Crepes—Just Because

In recognition of the dedication service employees provide every day, hospital administration organized a treat with a Kimmy’s Crepes food truck to serve all employees. The treats were enjoyed over two days, covering two shifts.

Photographed are: Lisa Toney, security guard (left), and Gustavo Mendoza, director of security.

HIM Week 

Staff in the Health Information Management (HIM) Department celebrated HIM Week in April with sweet and colorful treats that included an Italian tiramisu cake. These employees manage all the health information and data for patients, ensure that all is accurate, updated, secure and accessible to those who make patient care decisions.

Photographed here, left to right are:  Beetrice Guidry, HR business partner; Yolanda Ruelas, assembly analysis clerk; Lorena Maldonado-Ruiz, release of information clerk; Rosa Perez, HIM supervisor; Martha Cuevas, mediolegal tech; Amit Shrestha, clinical documentation specialist; and CNO Colleen Bauer.