Billie Lucero is Humboldt General Hospital’s new Wellness Coordinator.
Lucero takes over from Louis Mendiola who was recently named the hospital’s
Health System Development Manager.
Lucero isn’t new to HGH; she served the community as a radiologic
technologist from July 2010 until her appointment as Wellness Coordinator in May.
Her familiarity with the hospital operation, hospital staff and the community
gave her a leg up over the competition.
But it was Lucero’s enthusiasm for the position that really drove
the deal home.
“Billie is such a self-starter,” said Mendiola. “She’s
very ambitious and single-minded when it comes to doing her job.”
Mendiola added, “Her drive and vision really helped her stand out.”
Lucero, a Lowry High School graduate, said the Wellness Coordinator position
seemed the next logical step in her career.
“I have always enjoyed how well we work together as a team,”
said Lucero of her HGH family. “The thing that attracted me the
most to this new position is that it allows me to continue to learn and
grow in the medical field while teaching the importance of staying healthy.”
In her new position, Lucero oversees the hospital’s internal wellness
program as well as all community wellness efforts. Additionally, she manages
the HGH Cardiac Rehabilitation program and facilitates the Diabetes Support
Group. She also will continue the monthly Healthy Year, Healthy You seminar
held at noon the third Thursday of each month.
One of the first issues Lucero wanted to tackle in her new job was to get
kids off the couch this summer.
“The key for kids to stay fit is to keep them active both physically
and mentally during those lazy days,” said Lucero.
“Fit Kids,” a series of summer activities geared at students
from kindergarten through sixth grade, was Lucero’s answer.
From June through August, “Fit Kids” has involved kids in everything
from an obstacle course and bike rodeo, to Frisbee in the park, bowling
and a end-of-summer swimming party.
But kids aren’t Lucero’s only concern. She has been busy arranging
fitness classes and other wellness opportunities for HGH employees, and
she has big future plans for kids and adults alike.
“One of the strengths of my position,” said Lucero, “is
that I have the ability to offer some great programs to promote wellness
and healthy living to my fellow employees as well as the community.”
Lucero acknowledged there are some challenges to her position, though.
“I can’t find enough time to do everything I want,”
she laughed. “I want to do so much for my co-workers, patients,
and the community.”
Lucero loves hearing from the community regarding possible future wellness
programs, events and collaborations with community groups. She is available
by phone at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1297, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the hospital’s Community Wellness is also available