Lompoc nurse, Air Pressure veteran acknowledged for extraordinary affected person care

A labor and supply nurse at Lompoc Valley Medical Heart (LVMC) was just lately awarded for going above and past for her sufferers.

Throughout a shock ceremony, Anahi Fontanos, BSN, was named because the July recipient for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for LVMC.

The award acknowledges “the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care supplied to sufferers and households each day.”

“Anahi has the guts of a nurse, she loves her sufferers and it exhibits,” a part of the nomination said. She was additionally referred to as a “true listener” to her sufferers.

The nomination said the labor and supply division had a affected person who was struggling financially and had no provides or cash. “Anahi was all the time wanting to take them each time they got here in,” the nomination stated, whereas including that after the newborn was born, Fontanos labored to gather clothes, toys and different provides for the household.

“What makes Anahi stand out is that she took the time to be taught concerning the different youngsters, their names, their ages, and their pursuits. She got here to work on her break day with a carload of provides together with a monster truck for the ‘huge brother’ as a result of she realized he beloved vans. She met the affected person at their automotive at discharge to offer all of them the issues she had gathered. There was a lot that it barely all match within the automotive. The household was overjoyed and really emotional, thanking Anahi for her generosity and kindness,” the nomination learn.

She was additionally recommended for her care of a affected person who just lately experiences a fetal loss, including that Fontanos frolicked within the room listening to the affected person and consoling her.

“The affected person was so appreciative of her time and luxury,” the nomination famous.

Hospital officers say Fontanos is a mom of three and an eight-year U.S. Air Pressure veteran the place, throughout that point, she entered the medical discipline and labored in a labor and supply unit. Her husband is energetic responsibility at Vandenberg Area Pressure Base.

“It wasn’t till my mother bought sick with breast most cancers and I noticed first-hand what the nurses actually have been doing for my mother that it made me wish to go to highschool (for nursing),” Fontanos stated. “The care and compassion that they confirmed – It’s one thing I’ll by no means be capable to thank them sufficient for.”

Fontanos has been working at LVMC since November of 2021.

“Simply seeing the teamwork that everyone had right here made me wish to apply right here and work right here,” she stated. “Melinda (DeHoyos) is probably the most unimaginable boss. She’s all the time within the entrance strains with us. In any scenario, she’s all the time so supportive. I couldn’t ask for a greater staff. The setting – every thing I might probably ask for. The sufferers are wonderful. The suppliers are wonderful. I’ve nothing however good issues to say.”

The Daisy Award is given to staff a couple of occasions a yr. The final time being in January of 2022.

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