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UC Spotlight: June 2024

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Daniel Kasprowicz leads UCLA Health staff walking in the 2023 Los Angeles Pride Parade.
Daniel Kasprowicz leads UCLA Health staff walking in the 2023 Los Angeles Pride Parade. (Photo: Nick Carranza/UCLA Health)

UC Spotlight is a new UCnetwork feature that celebrates UC locations, teams and individual staff members who are helping to make UC a great place to work. Fiat Lux!

Individual, team and group recognitions

Rubi Alva de Hickson is among several UCSF nurses who are using their expertise in nursing and patient care to advocate for changes in health policy.

Lakeysha Pack, a neonatal intensive care nurse at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, saved an umpire’s life at her son’s baseball game!

Julie Eastman and Randolph P. Siwabessy

UC Irvine Health Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Julie Eastman was included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2024 list of CIOs to Know and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Randolph P. Siwabessy was honored in its list of CFOs to Know.

Cheryl A. Love, arts, humanities, education and public policy career specialist at UC Riverside, has received the 2024 Diversity Initiative Award from the National Career Development Association.

Brandee Woleslagle Blank

UCSF Academic Program Manager Brandee Woleslagle Blank received the 2024 Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Service, recognizing extraordinary professional commitment and individual contribution to university service and citizenship. 

The UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities Unsheltered Outreach Program partnered with community groups to host a Community Resource Fair, during which they promoted services to citizens in need.

Fort Ord Natural Reserve Director Joe Miller is cultivating a love for nature and knowledge of natural science career paths among high-school students.

UC San Diego Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Counselor Christina Lambert is working to educate people on neurodiversity and how to support neurodivergent colleagues in the workplace.

Daniel Kasprowicz leads UCLA Health staff walking in the 2023 Los Angeles Pride Parade.

UCLA Health’s Pride Network is empowering LGBTQ+ employees and patients by providing opportunities for community, connection and support.

UCSF Research Analyst Luz Venegas

UCSF Research Analyst Luz Venegas is helping colleagues understand the importance of UC’s Lived Name Policy and gender-inclusiveness for faculty, staff and patients.

UCI Health cardiovascular intensive care unit team

Several nurses and nursing teams were celebrated with DAISY Awards at UC Irvine Health and the UC Irvine Health Community Network for demonstrating excellence in patient care, exemplifying what it truly means to be a caregiver.

Celebrants at the annual Nursing Excellence Awards, which take place during Nurses Week each year.

UC Irvine nurses and nursing teams were also celebrated at the Nursing Excellence Awards during Nursing Week in May.

UCLA Ventures Director Brija Johnson is launching a program that will offer aspiring entrepreneurs one year of guidance from mentors and support from alumni and affiliates.

Doctoral student Asa Kalish is among the enthusiastic colleagues who form the Laurel Heights Artisan Guild, which celebrates, supports and promotes crafts and artwork made by and for members of the UCSF community.

Campus and location recognitions

  • UC Irvine Medical Center was recognized in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index, which recognizes inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. (As we mentioned in last month’s spotlight, UC Davis Health, UCLA Health, UCSF Health and UC San Diego Health were also included.)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab was recently included in Glassdoor’s first-ever Best-Led Companies list. Employers were honored for best-in-class leadership based on Glassdoor’s anonymous CEO approval ratings, senior management ratings and senior leadership sentiment.
  • UCI Health – Lakewood received the “Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus” for stroke care — the most prestigious recognition by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, which helps ensure that patients receive stroke treatment based on nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.
  • UC Davis Medical Center was named one of “America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2024” by Newsweek magazine and the global market research and consumer data firm Statista. The ranking is based on a nationwide online survey of hospital managers and medical professionals, as well as publicly available data from hospital surveys addressing patient experience.
  • UC Irvine Health received the Greenhealth Emerald Award in the annual Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards, recognizing its leadership in health care sustainability.
  • The UC Davis Children’s Hospital was once again named a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. The rating is based on reviews of the hospital’s structure, processes and clinical outcomes data by experienced children’s surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.
  • The UC Irvine Medical Center reached a significant milestone by being upgraded to a four-star patient experience hospital by Medicare. This achievement underscores UC Irvine Health’s continual commitment to exceptional health care and outstanding patient interactions.

Submit your achievements!

UC Spotlight honors workplaces, teams and individual staff members that make UC a great place to work. To send a recognition or achievement for consideration, email the relevant URL to ucnetwork@universityofcalifornia.edu. Please note that UC Spotlight is intended to reflect staff-specific achievements; to that end, we do not accept recognitions that are student, faculty or alumni-related. Submissions are chosen for publication at the editor’s discretion. Funding and promotion/hiring announcements are not appropriate for this feature.

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