Oak Hill Hospital
March 12, 2014

Spring Hill, FL - Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of February. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.

This month's Oak Hill Hospital “Stars” are:

Gabriel Barreto, RT (R)(CT)

Gabriel serves as a CT tech in our radiology department where he views his job as helping physicians treat and diagnose patients by providing quality diagnostic radiographs and scans. Gabriel joined Oak Hill Hospital's radiology department in 2009. He and his wife, Leishah, live in Spring Hill with their daughter, Leiliani, who is six years old. Gabriel's nomination came from a physician who praised Gabriel for his professionalism by “demonstrating precise expertise when executing the test while maintaining organization, leadership of events and action prior to my arrival and excellent time management to complete a lengthy exam. As a result, a secondary exam to follow the next day was not required due to the clear pictures ascertained by this technician; thus saving my patient from another exam and length of stay in the hospital.” For his part, Gabriel says that the thing he likes best about working at Oak Hill Hospital is “the atmosphere – everyone from our volunteers to administration are always smiling, happy and ready to help anyone they meet.”

Michelle Gulizio, Critical Care Educator

Michelle was recently promoted to our new critical care educator. She has been with HCA since 1999 and her professional experience includes working as a critical care nurse and as a flight nurse and educator for one of the top five global air ambulance companies. She is currently working on her Masters degree in adult acute care nursing. Michelle's nomination came from a coworker as she was working in the critical care unit. Michelle was praised for assisting the coworker in helping one of her patients and handling multiple extra tasks that go with the care. Michelle transferred to Oak Hill from Bayonet Point's cardiothoracic surgery department and is thrilled with her career achievement as critical care educator.

Shawn Kernz, RN, Intensive Care

Shawn was born and raised in Citrus County, Florida and graduated nursing school in 2010. He spent seven months at another facility's general medical/surgical telemetry unit before moving to their 16 bed general ICU. Following that he joined us at Oak Hill Hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit. Shawn was singled out by other staff members caring for patients at a difficult time, for his astute awareness of coworkers' needs and prompt attention to them before the coworker even asked for it. Shawn's action was truly appreciated. The coworker was relatively new to Oak Hill Hospital and the only comment that was made was, “This type of kindness is not what I'm used to in my old job. I am so grateful to work with such wonderful people.” In making the announcement Oak Hill Hospital's Chief Operating Officer Sonia Gonzalez said, “Dr. Thomas Frist, Senior, our founder, always believed that 'Good people beget good people.' People like Gabriel, Michelle and Shawn prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”