PMHD’s 2011 Outstanding Nurses Recognized


Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has a wonderful team of caregivers. To recognize the outstanding nurses during National Nurses Week this year, a peer-based selection by each nursing unit was employed. The selected outstanding clinical staff members, by department, were as follows:


Aracely Nelson, RN, BSN – Perinatal Service

Carmen Fitzsimmons, RN – Float Pool

Clara Miranda, RN, BSN, PHN – Case Management

D’Andre York, RN – NICU

Eric Aragon, LVN – Medical/Surgery Unit

Hui Su Felix, RN – ICU

From the left: Eric Aragon, LVN; Carmen Fitzsimmons, RN; Nita Bhakta, RN; Aracely Nelson, RN, BSN; D’Andre York, RN; and Jessica Ancheta, RN, BSN.


Jessica Ancheta, RN, BSN – Surgery

Nicole Castaneda, RN, BSN, PHN – ER

Nita Bhakta, RN – Definitive Observation Unit

Yolanda Smith, RN – Pediatrics


To celebrate the recognition, a dinner was held at Aspen in the Desert during Nurses Week.  Helina Hoyt, RN, MS, the RN/BSN Nursing Coordinator at San Diego State University, spoke to the awardees and the nursing leadership on the future of nursing. A proclamation by Brawley mayor Don Campbell recognizing Nurses Week was also read to the gathering.

“We are proud of our nursing team. These ten individuals are certainly deserving of the recognition,” stated John A. Coldsmith, RN, MSN, CRNI, Chief Nursing Office at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District. Of the 700+ employees at Pioneers, over 300 of them are nurses.

“In my over ten years as a board member for PMHD, I have watched the expansion of our nursing team with pride. As the number of nurses has increased, their technical skills have improved. Leadership is certainly to be credited for this; however, the dedication of our nursing team, as well as of all our employees, to providing the best-quality healthcare in the valley is inherent to PMHD,” stated Marcus Tapia, President of the PMHD Board of Directors.


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