MILPITAS – Milpitas Care Center celebrated on December 2 its staff members who could have taken off to be with their love ones during the pandemic last year but didn’t.
More than 25 of them chose to stay, risking their lives, caring for COVID positive residents sometimes working 20-hour shifts. Some of them got sick. Including president and CEO Helen Macatangay.
They could have stopped working. They could have moved to the safety and security of a bigger facility. But they didn’t and they worked tirelessly.
This is the heart of Milpitas Care Center – a small 35-bed and the only free-standing skilled nursing facility in Milpitas licensed by the California Department of Public Health. They take in adult and elderly patients in need of 24-hour nursing care, short term rehab, hydration/infusion wound care, comfort/end of life care, among others.
The small facility with a heart was just acquired by the Anastacia Segundo Macatangay Family Foundation June 16, 2020, in the middle of the first pandemic year.
Administrator Phillip Greene screened well-wishers and staffers alike. In the absence of Mayor Raymond Tran, Councilwoman Evelyn Chua presented the dedicated staffers with City of Milpitas Commendations certifying “their tireless work has not gone unnoticed.”
Among the recipients of the Commendation were: RNs Nelly Villanueva and Janice Diane Ofqueria; LVNs Oliver Adona, Rhossamon Fernandez, Cielito Rivera, Yvonne Nguyen, Gaely Dumlao, Sara Suazo, Baby Jazmin Mayuyo, Pedro Concepcion, Baby Jane Catura, and Gina Becite; Dietary Manager Magdalena Siaotong; Activity Director Anthony De la Cuesta; Dietary Aides Evelyn Capistrano and Anastacia Sereno; Social worker Luz Barrera; Laundry worker Joel Hulleza; Maintenance man Arnold Banez; Housekeepers Federico Mamaril and Ray Encio; CNA/RNA Myrna Nadlang; CNA Gloria Encio; Physical Therapist Terrence LimaLima; and Cook Theodore Elston. (HIB)