Angels Among Us

Many patients are grateful for the care they receive during a hospital stay and show their gratitude by honoring a caregiver with a donation to the Guardian Angel program. Occasionally, a patient wants to honor a primary care provider who has demonstrated compassionate care over the long term.

For more information about the Guardian Angel program, contact Allyne Brown at (707) 463-7623. or by email at Allyne.Brown@ah.org.

Beth Cabral, Guardian Angel

AH Ukiah Guardian Angel Nurse“Beth was amazing the day in August that my mother was in the ED,” said a grateful family member in her letter to name Lead ED Tech Beth Cabral as a Guardian Angel. “The day was so filled with emotion…but Beth was a steady force throughout our time.”

As I waited to present Beth with her wings in the presence of her peers, she tended to another patient whose family needed to see her calm, steady force. Beth’s colleagues were so pleased that she was honored, “She does this all the time,” said Lead Nurse Rebecca Deneou.

The Guardian Angel program gives patients and their family members the opportunity to honor a care provider, like Beth, “My family and I are deeply grateful,” concluded the letter, “I’m not sure how we would have managed without her.”

Angela Torres and Sheila Elledge, Guardian Angels

AH Ukiah Guardian angel NurseWe would like to recognize Angela Torres and Sheila Elledge, our wonderful Resource Specialists in Case Management by naming them as Guardian Angels,” stated Lil Basner, FNP as spokesperson for the Hospitalist team at AHUV.

“Their work with our team is invaluable! They are knowledgeable, professional and diligent in what they do,” said Lil, “They truly keep the department running with their endless energy and efficiency and they are the ‘glue’ that we rely on every AH Ukiah Guardian Angel Nurseday to coordinate care for our patients.”

Angela has been with AHUV for 14 years, having started in the Nutritional Services Department. She was grateful for the chance to work in Case Management as it has been a “good place to learn new skills.” Her favorite part of the job is being at “the intersection of transfers in and out of the hospital.”

Sheila’s medical origins started as a CNA working in the clinics and later in the hospital. By far, her favorite job has been in Case Management, where she gets to “do what she loves every day.” Not surprisingly, this is not Sheila’s first pair of wings. She received her first set after a colleague honored her for providing extraordinary care to a homeless patient that was worried about his only worldly possessions.

Thank you, Sheila and Angela, for making AHUV a great place to work, practice medicine and receive care!

Lil Basner, FNP, Guardian Angel

Lil Basner, FNP was recently awarded with a set of Guardian Angel wings in the presence of her peers at a hospitalist meeting. The patient’s family member commented, “Lil demonstrated extraordinary professionalism, knowledge, compassion and perseverance relating to coordination with several medical offices. We are deeply appreciative of everything Lil did for us.”

Lil has been with Pacific Redwood Medical Group (PRMG) for 26 years, first in the ED and now as a hospitalist. She serves on several committees at AHUV, including MEC, Interdisciplinary and Credentials. “I am humbled by the trust that is placed in me daily, and strive every day to live up to that trust,” said Lil when accepting her award at the Rural Health Rocks Concert in 2017.