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VVRMC Chooses Physician, Clinical Physician, Director and Employee of the Year

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hospital news

Each year at Val Verde Regional Medical Center’s holiday party, employees eagerly await the announcement of who was chosen as the best of 2018. The categories are: Terry M. Lindsey Physician of the Year, Outpatient Clinical Physician of the Year, Director of the Year and Employee of the Year. Careful consideration is given for each one of these prestigious awards and the best of the best are chosen.

This year, the Terry M. Lindsey Physician of the Year award was presented to Dr. Aurelio Laing, III. The Physician of the Year is chosen by employees who cast their votes for the coveted spot and explain their reasons for who they chose.

The Outpatient Clinical Physician of 2018 is Dr. Olutayo Sogunro. Dr. Sogunro is well known by employees at VVRMC for her attention to educating staff and patients alike, her superior patient care and her kind heart. When asked how she felt about being chosen she responded, “It is an honor to have been chosen for this award. It truly warms my heart to have been able to provide such great care at VVRMC and to the Del Rio community. I love taking care of people, and the fact that people recognize that is what makes this award, truly, just so special.”

The Director of the Year for 2018 is Pina Calderon, Director of Radiology at VVRMC. Pina and her team have done a lot in the past year to improve patient care with the addition of new and upgraded equipment. The new MRI suite takes the imaging experience to a whole new level with music, video and soothing lighting.

The VVRMC Employee of the Year for 2018 is Melinda Martinez, RN. She was chosen from a list of seven which included: Vickie Jimenez; Radiology, Maribell Martinez; Food Service; Gilda Salazar, Rural Health Clinic, Luis Sanchez; Pharmacy, Gustavo Martinez; Emergency Medical Services and Jamie Wells; Intensive Care Unit. The competition was stiff but Melinda was chosen as the very best.

Melinda Martinez, RN has developed and managed Cardiac Rehab services at VVRMC. She pretty much runs the show and has grown the department over the past year. She has also developed and offered a series of classes under the broad heading of: Living with Heart Disease teaching the community everything from nutrition to diabetes and the relationship with the heart.

“It is always wonderful to be recognized for what you do,” Melinda said, “That feeling you get when receiving recognition is the essence of your earning it. It’s real. It’s authentic.”

VVRMC congratulates everyone who was chosen and everyone who was considered. It’s a challenge to pick just one person for each category. If you would like to learn more about Val Verde Regional Medical Center, our physicians and our services, go to: