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Two McLaren Greater Lansing Employees Honored with 2017 Outstanding Hispanic/Latino Caregiver Award

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  
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Rich Pulido, registered radiologic technologist R.T.(R) at McLaren Greater Lansing, has been recognized as McLaren Greater Lansing’s 2017 Outstanding Latino Caregiver Award and Linda Mercado Peterson, MD, FAPA, FAPM, and Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Greater Lansing, has been recognized with the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award.

 

The Lansing Latino Health Alliance was founded as an advocacy organization in 2003 with the mission of raising the health status of Latinos in the greater Lansing area. Since 2003, the Alliance has informed the community and policy makers of health discrepancies and health needs of Latinos, has advocated for change and improvement, and has testified before legislative committees on these issues. The Alliance has regularly collaborated with Lansing hospitals on various projects.

 

The Outstanding Latino Caregiver Award

The Outstanding Latino Caregiver award is given annually to a caregiver that has made a significant difference in the life of a patient, exceeded expectations in carrying out their responsibilities, and demonstrated professionalism in the workplace. Pulido was nominated by a fellow coworker for exemplifying excellence in those areas. An excerpt of the nomination is included below.

 

“Rich has been with McLaren Greater Lansing since 2005 and is one of our midnight-shift Xray/CT techs. He is a terrific ambassador for radiology and consistently demonstrates a professional, compassionate, can-do attitude. Rich works very closely with other departments like ED, SICU and OR to keep things running smoothly and meet the unique challenges that go along with the midnight-shift. He remains cool, calm and collected when the department is hectic and somehow always manages to keep a smile on his face.

"I have known Rich for many years, first as a coworker then later as a supervisor. One thing has always been clear to me – Rich cares deeply about people. This is evident in the way he interacts with other staff as well as how wonderful he is with patients. He has received multiple kudos and thank-you cards from other departments over the years - most recently from 3West thanking him for “consistently going above and beyond”.

"Another great thing I’ve noticed about Rich is, when problems occasionally arise, not only is he quick to point out issues but usually has ideas for solutions as well. He cares not only about the well-being of his patients, but also about the success of our department and hospital. As a supervisor, it makes me proud to have an employee like Rich representing radiology. I know that when he’s working, the department is in good hands. Simply stated, he is one of our go-to people and most definitely deserving of the title Outstanding Hispanic/Latino Caregiver.”

The Distinguished Achievement Award

The Distinguished Achievement Award is distinct from "Outstanding Latino Caregiver Award" which Pulido received. The Distinguished Achievement Award is not a competition nor is it granted annually. Dr. Peterson was selected exclusively by the Lansing Latino Health Alliance to recognize a Latino healthcare worker who has given back to the Lansing community as a leader, mentor and caregiver.

 

“Colleagues of Dr. Peterson speak of her prompt, sensitive, insightful responses when other caregivers request her intervention to a patient crisis. She has served as a mentor to residents and to physicians new to the area. As Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and at Grand Valley State University she has been recognized as Teacher of the Year,” George Mansour, PhD, and Treasurer of the Lansing Latino Health Alliance said. “Dr. Peterson also holds community leadership roles, such as board member of the Cristo Rey Community Center and the Lansing Community College Foundation, and through her prior involvement with the Capital Area Health Alliance. She spearheaded the important End-of-Life Committee that developed the Citywide Medical Advance Directives education and information for family’s workbook. Her work on this issue continues to be used by physicians and institutions in the Lansing area as well as in other places in Michigan.”

 

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at mclaren.org.


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