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New Caregiver Award Established at McLaren Greater Lansing

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the Lansing Latino Health Alliance has collaborated with Lansing-area hospitals to establish a new award to recognize outstanding caregivers and to promote healthcare opportunities for Latinos.

The Outstanding Latino/Hispanic Caregiver Award will be offered annually for those who provide exemplary service and significantly contribute to the life of a patient.

“We are very proud to partner with the Lansing Latino Health Alliance to recognize our exemplary team members who are members of greater Lansing’s proud Latino community,” said Linda Mercado Peterson, MD, chief medical officer at McLaren Greater Lansing. “As a woman of Puerto Rican heritage, I am especially proud of this partnership and what this special award means for the honorees.”

A caregiver may be nominated by a patient, a patient's family, co-workers, hospital staff, visitors, or volunteers. A caregiver may be any employee who participates in the care of a patient, including nurses, physicians, and all essential personnel directly involved with patient care. To be eligible, those nominated must have self-declared as Latino or Hispanic within the respective human resources departments, and must have worked at the hospital for at least two years in a full-time or part-time position.

Persons selected for the award are expected to have made a significant difference in the life of a patient, to have exceeded expectations in carrying out their responsibilities, and to have demonstrated professionalism in the workplace.

Nomination forms for McLaren Greater Lansing’s Outstanding Latino/Hispanic Caregiver Award are available in each hospital and online at http://www.mclaren.org/lansing/employee-thank.aspx. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2016.

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.