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Celebrating the 2024 Extraordinary Nurse Award honorees

During Nurses Week, let’s recognize the amazing Kaiser Permanente Northern California nurses.

The Northern California Extraordinary Nurse Award Program recognizes and honors 34 individuals each year who exemplify professionalism, compassion, teamwork, excellence, integrity, and patient- and family-centric care in their practice.

Congratulations to all the 2024 Northern California Extraordinary Nurse Award winners:  

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Nurse Leaders of the Year 

Bernice Yale, BSN, RN  

Nurse Manager, Medical Surgical, San Jose Medical Center 

Rachel Wyatt, DNP, RN

Chief Nurse Executive, South Sacramento Medical Center 

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Emerging Nurse Leaders of the Year 

Erica Dixon, BSN, RN 

Assistant Nurse Manager, PACU, Fresno Medical Center 

Veronica Hernandez, BSN, RN        

Assistant Nurse Manager, ICU, Walnut Creek Medical Center  

Clinical Adult Services 

Mhagsy Celestino-Pingul, MSN, RN

Staff Nurse III, Antioch Medical Center 

Nestle Vitug, MSN, RN

Staff Nurse IV, Vallejo Medical Center 

Nursing Professional Development 

Irma Gomez, MSN, RN

Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Oakland Medical Center 

Jane Jach, MSN, RNC-OB

Nursing Professional Development Specialist, MCH, Roseville Medical Center 

Maternal Child Health 

Salvacion Romero, BSN, RN 

Staff Nurse IV, NICU, Santa Clara Medical Center 

Sandra Vargas, BSN, RN

Staff Nurse IV, Redwood City Medical Center 

Perioperative Services 

Cherry David, BSN, RN 

Staff Nurse IV, Fremont Medical Center 

Suki Sahota, RN 

Staff Nurse III, Fresno Medical Center 

The Permanente Medical Group Nurse Leaders of the Year 

Vickie Her, BSN, RN 

Service Unit Director, Vision Services, Staffing Office and Float Pool, Central Valley Service Area 

Amelia Roberts, MSN, RN 

Service Unit Director, Emergency Department, Oakland Medical Center 

Emerging Nurse Leaders of the Year 

Julie Silveira, BSN, RN  

Service Unit Dept. Manager, Modesto Medical Center  

Benson Tran, DNP, RN

Service Unit Dept. Manager, San Rafael – Petaluma Medical Offices  

Emergency Department 

Kelli Cox, MSN, RN 

Staff Nurse IV, Santa Rosa Medical Center 

Ayra Dee, BSN, RN

Staff Nurse IV, South San Francisco Medical Center 

Medical Offices or Outpatient Services 

Dorothy Laine, RN 

Staff Nurse II, Laser Surgery Department, Union City Medical Offices  

Rex Tapangan, BSN, RN

Case Manager, Pediatric Specialties, Roseville Medical Center 

Appointment and Advice Call Center

Gabrielle Fandelle, MSN, RN

Staff Nurse III, Sacramento 

Sherri Shaw, RN 

Staff Nurse III, Vallejo  

Advanced Practice 

Janelle Palacios, PhD, MSN, RN

Certified Nurse Midwife, Oakland Medical Center 

Shavi Sanga, MSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Sacramento  

Continuum Nurse Leaders of the Year 

Pamela Son, MSN, RN 

Site Director, Home Health, San Francisco Medical Center  

Mary Briones-Gomez, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager, San Leandro Medical Center 

Care Coordination 

Kristin Rowden, MSN, RN 

Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager, Utilization Management, Fresno Medical Center 

Lisa Tran, BSN, RN  

Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager, Utilization Management, Martinez MOB 


Amber Avina, BSN, RN 

Staff Nurse II, Home Health, Santa Clara Medical Center 

Belinda Roy, RN 

Palliative Care, Modesto Medical Center 

Friends of Nursing – Direct Care Partner 

Silvia Case 

Housekeeping Aide, Richmond Medical Center 

Robert Galli 

Sr. Staff Assistant, Sacramento Medical Center  

Friend of Nursing – Interprofessional Colleagues

Mohit Roberts 

Administrative Services Manager, San Leandro Medical Center 

Vivek Venkatakrishnan, MD, FACP 

Internal Medicine, Antioch Delta Fair Medical Offices  



Nurses Week

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Special appreciation to ALL the nurses, in ALL fields, whose work, dedication, and compassionate service does not go unnoticed!

    Take care

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