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Heroes of Health Care Honored

By Sean Telles

By Sean Telles
Arcadia, Ca – California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), with the help of Medic-1 Ambulance, honored those in the community who care for seniors with the 10th Annual Evening with the Stars – special guests included Romper Room host Miss Mary Ann King and women who closely resembled Cher and Lucille Ball. Jesse Telles, my father, was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

What originally started off as a local event recognizing 8 facilities in El Monte has grown into a celebration covering Arcadia, Alhambra, Azusa, Claremont, Duarte, El Monte, Glendale, La Puente, Monrovia, Ontario, Pasadena, Pomona, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Temple City, West Covina, Whittier and surrounding communities.

Lindbergh Macpherson, who once worked in long term care and who created the awards show, hosted the night of reverence and fun. “So many times you hear only about all the bad stuff. The purpose of this event is to highlight the good stuff and recognize the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry – and for it to happen among their peers…Each year is a great deal of work and every year I say it’s my last [to chair the event], but when I see someone like a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) win an award, and all the excitement and appreciation that goes along with that, I’m encouraged to do more.”
One particularly touching moment came when a Tony Marcos from Landmark Medical Center in Pomona thanked his company for paying for him to go to school to learn English. Another happened when Lorena Gonzalez of Ramona Nursing and Rehab Center announced she had never used a microphone before and then teared up while thanking her colleagues.

At the end of the evening Jess Telles was recognized for his lifetime of work within the health facilities. “The community of people who provide care on a daily basis to the elderly and chronically ill are a special group of people. It is an absolute pleasure to get together with and hear the stories of the nominees. Their dedication to the service of others is heartwarming and an endless source of inspiration. I am humbled and very proud to be associated with my fellow long term caregivers.”

Diana (Dee Dee) Japenga, the current Pasadena/ San Gabriel CAHF Chapter President and administrator at Country Villa Monte Vista Healthcare Center in Duarte, said, “The Pasadena San Gabriel Valley chapter of CAHF has always been committed to giving back to the local community. ‘An Evening With the Stars’ not only recognizes some of the finest employees in long term care, such as Jesse Telles, but gives symbolic recognition to thousands of devoted employees in the local area who give their heart and soul to giving outstanding, compassionate care to thousands of residents.”

For more information on the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Chapter of CAHF go to contact Lindbergh Macpherson at (626) 422-5820.


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