McLaren ER tech receives outstanding Hispanic/Latino caregiver award

Author: Sarah Barber


“I am so thankful for my co-workers and appreciate that they recognized and nominated me for this award,” said Mendoza.

2020 McLaren Greater Lansing Latino Caregiver Award

 

 

Angelica Mendoza, Emergency Department technician at McLaren Greater Lansing, has been recognized as one of the Lansing Latino Health Alliance’s 2020 Outstanding Hispanic/Latino Caregivers.

This award is given annually to a caregiver who has made a significant difference in the life of a patient, exceeded expectations in carrying out his or her responsibilities, and demonstrated professionalism in the workplace. Mendoza was nominated by a co-worker for exemplifying excellence in those areas.

Described by her co-workers as gentle, strong, and reassuring, Mendoza treats all her patients as if they were members of her own family. 

“I have always had the mentality that you should give everything your all,” said Mendoza. “I don’t focus on what’s in my job description; I always try to go above and beyond and learn and help in every way possible. Especially in health care, and especially after this year, it takes a team of people working together and doing everything possible for our patients.”

In her nomination letter, a fellow Emergency Department team member told the story of her own grandmother’s visit to the McLaren Emergency Room. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team member was not able to accompany her grandma for care, but Mendoza made it a priority to calm the patient’s fears, make sure she got her questions answered, and update her family.


“I am so thankful for my co-workers and appreciate that they recognized and nominated me for this award,” said Mendoza.

McLaren is proud to recognize Angelica Mendoza and her incredible contributions to caring for our community.

The Lansing Latino Health Alliance was founded as an advocacy organization in 2003 with the mission of improving the health status of Latinos in the greater Lansing area. Since 2003, the Alliance has informed the community and policymakers of health discrepancies and health needs of Latinos, advocated for change and improvement, and testified before legislative committees on these issues. The Alliance regularly collaborates with Lansing hospitals on various projects.