Blog Posts in 2019

  • Humboldt General Hospital Says Goodbye to Longtime Dietary Aide

    For more than three decades, Juana Garcia has been the funny bone in Humboldt General Hospital’s Dietary Department. Friday, July 19, Garcia’s co-workers gathered at her retirement celebration to share a little teasing of their own. There was one very serious undertone to the gathering, however: Garcia’s co-workers let her know how very much she will be missed. Garcia has served ...

  • Humboldt General Hospital Welcomes Pediatrician Back to Hometown

    The last time Veronica Janhunen lived in Winnemucca permanently was when she graduated from high school. Now, 15 years later, she is returning to her hometown as a board-certified pediatric specialist. Monday, August 5, Dr. Janhunen will begin the next phase of her career at Humboldt General Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic, providing well-care, sick-care and chronic-care management to children ...

  • Diane Klassen Named New Radiology Manager at Humboldt General Hospital

    Diane Klassen is the new manager of Humboldt General Hospital’s Radiology Department. She was named to the position following Bryn Echevarria’s retirement last month. Klassen sports a long list of achievements and certifications that show she’s a perfect fit for the position, but perhaps the greatest thing Klassen brings to the job is her enthusiasm. “What I love about HGH ...

  • Bryn Echevarria Retires After More Than 30 Years at HGH Radiology

    Bryn Echevarria said goodbye to Humboldt General Hospital’s Radiology Department after more than three decades of service last month. The last day on the job for the former radiology manager, lead technologist and staff technologist was June 27, although Echevarria’s official retirement date will be September 15, 2019. When Echevarria began working at the hospital in 1989, there was ...

  • Humboldt General Hospital Welcomes New Revenue Cycle Director

    Jason Mercier hasn’t wasted any time jumping into his new role at Humboldt General Hospital. After less than a month on the job, the new Revenue Cycle Director has fully embraced his responsibility for overseeing revenue activities at the hospital and organizing strategies to increase profitability. With over 20 years’ experience building and leading teams that arrive at optimal ...

  • Humboldt General Bids Farewell to Founding Partner in HGH Orthopedic Clinic

    The first time Dr. Curtiss Mull heard of Winnemucca, he had to pull out a map. He had worked steadily as a hospital system orthopedist for decades, but as his children entered college, working day and night began to lose its appeal. “I wanted more time off to do the things I wanted to do,” he said. Still, he knew he wasn’t ready to quit. That’s why he was attracted to the ...

  • Auxiliary Donation, Staff Effort Result in New Van for Harmony Residents

    Robin Moore jokes that she might never write another grant. “It was probably my first and last,” she quipped of the $83,000 Nevada Department of Transportation grant that helped fund a new van for Humboldt General Hospital’s Harmony Manor Skilled Nurse and Residential Care Community. Still, as the long-term care activities director showed off the state-of-the art vehicle, Moore ...

  • HGH 'Fit Kids' Program Designed to Get Kids Moving

    For the fifth year in a row, Humboldt General Hospital is hoping to get kids moving over the summer. The facility, located at 118 E. Haskell Street, has announced the return of “Fit Kids,” a fun summer program for kids ages 3 to 12. The program will include five events over the summer—all designed to get kids off the couch and into healthy activities. Humboldt General Hospital ...

  • Four Graduate From 'Intense' Nurse Residency Program

    Friday, May 17, Humboldt General Hospital celebrated four new nurses who came through a robust year-long clinical orientation and professional development program with flying colors. Two years ago, Humboldt General Hospital began the 12-month Nurse Residency Program to both educate and support new graduate nurses and nurses transitioning to a new area of practice, and according to HGH Nurse ...

  • Three HGH Clinic Staff Achieve Prestigious Translation Certification

    Clinic staff members at Humboldt General Hospital have combined their Spanish language skills with serious study to certify as in-house translators. Three clinic staff, including Gaby Chavez, Gudelia Mendoza and Emelyn Ramirez, were honored Thursday, May 30, with certificates of accomplishment as well as some tokens of the hospital’s appreciation. They join eight of their fellow clinic staff ...

  • Hospital's New 'Cuddle Cot' Will Help Families Grieve Infant Loss

    As Brandi Montenegro scooted her children off to bed on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, little did she know how much her life would change. Baby no. 5 was on her way and Brandi and husband, Paul, excitedly drove to Humboldt General Hospital for a birth they anticipated would be as wonderful—and problem-free—as those of their other four children. Seven hours later, at 5:19 a.m. Wednesday, ...

  • HGH Nurse Nominated for Pretigious Nursing Excellence Award

    Michelle Chadwell says she still has no idea who nominated her for this region’s most prestigious nursing award. The long-time registered nurse at Humboldt General Hospital simply received a letter announcing her nomination to the 2019 Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement Award in the Critical Care category. “I was a little bit in awe,” said Chadwell of the honor. “I was ...

  • Humboldt General Hospital Employees Honored for Years of Service

    Humboldt General Hospital recently honored over two dozen hospital employees for 265 years of dedicated service. In all, 25 employees from a wide range of departments gathered in the hospital’s Sarah Winnemucca conference room on Friday, May 17, to be honored for 5, 10, 15, and 25 years of service. Additionally, Denice Bauer, a registered nurse in the hospital’s Acute Department, was ...

  • Longtime Business Services Director Retires from Humboldt General Hospital

    It was an emotional day for Shauna Barsanti as co-workers, friends and family gathered to wish her a happy retirement. Friday, May 31, Humboldt General Hospital’s Business Services Director bid farewell after 30 years of dedicated service. “Thank you to everyone,” Barsanti told the gathered crowd. “This has been an amazing place to work; I’ve seen so many changes and ...

  • Humboldt General Hospital Says Goodbye to Maintenance Manager

    For the past 13-1/2 years, Craig Prest’s vocabulary at Humboldt General Hospital has centered around construction, remodel, expansion, renovation and move, move, move. Thursday, May 30, Prest’s co-workers, family and friends gathered in the hospital’s Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room to celebrate his many accomplishments—including helping to oversee five major phases of ...

  • HGH, Community Partner for First Annual 'Diaper Drive'

    Humboldt General Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit collected nearly 5,000 infant diapers and adult disposable underwear in April—a feat that nurses say was only possible through the overwhelming generosity of hospital employees and the community. “We were just blown away,” said Monica Sartor, RN, who spearheaded the first-annual effort. “When we set a goal to collect ...

  • Darlene Bryan Named 2019 'Nightingale Nurse of Year'

    Darlene Bryan, RN, received double honors Friday, May 17, from her peers at Humboldt General Hospital. Not only was the Chief Nursing Officer named the 2019 “Nightingale Nurse of the Year,” but Bryan also was honored for 35 years of service to HGH. HGH Interim CEO Karen Cole told staff members gathered at an Employee Recognition Dinner that just like Florence Nightingale, Bryan has ...

  • La Rena's Race Saturday, May 11, at French Ford Middle School

    This weekend, all northern Nevada residents are invited to join “The La Rena Smith Bengoa Run, Ride or Walk for the Cure.” The 17th annual event will take place on Saturday, May 11, at French Ford Middle School. The race will begin at 10 a.m.; registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $20 for phantom racers, $20 for team members or senior citizens, ...

  • Pershing, Humboldt County Personnel Unite for Car Seat Checkpoint, Barbecue

    Local first responders and healthcare professionals care deeply about area children and want to make sure they are safe on every ride. That’s why four area agencies have coordinated their efforts to host a car seat checkpoint and barbecue at Pershing General Hospital, 855 6 th Street, in Lovelock. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office, Pershing ...

  • HGH Diabetes Support Group will Demonstrate 'Chair Yoga' and Meditation

    New research shows that yoga can be a very effective tool at self-managing diabetes—and participants don’t even have to leave their chairs. Intrigued? “So was I,” says Humboldt General Hospital Director of Food and Nutrition Services Tiffani Nalivka. In fact, Nalivka said chair yoga can improve stress, alter emotional eating patterns, lower blood glucose levels and reduce ...

  • Humboldt General Calls for Community Nominations for 2019 "Nightingale"

    Humboldt General Hospital is asking for the community’s help to identify the nurse who most closely reflects the character and service of the world’s most famous caregiver: Florence Nightingale. The ninth annual award is bestowed during National Nurses Week, which this year takes place May 6-12. Humboldt General Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan said the “Nightingale ...

  • Humboldt General Hospital's Nalivka Named to Nevada Nutrition Board

    The Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a new secretary from Winnemucca. Humboldt General Hospital Director of Food and Nutrition Services Tiffani Nalivka was recently named the new secretary of NvAND during the group’s annual conference in Reno. Nalivka, who joined the HGH staff seven years ago, hopes to use her new position to increase awareness of her profession and its benefits ...

  • Sixth Annual 'Color the Mucc' Fun Run Returns April 13

    Winnemucca, get ready for some colorful fun! The sixth annual “Color the Mucc” Fun Run returns on Saturday, April 13. This year’s 3K/5K fun run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Winnemucca Community Garden and make its way to Vesco City Park. Pre-registration begins at 9 a.m. All registrants ages 6 and older will receive a t-shirt, sling pack and other goodies; free water and snacks ...

  • Humboldt General Officials Working Toward Dedicated Center for Women, Children

    In just over two months, Humboldt General Hospital has recruited two new maternity providers and a third will soon be on her way. “Rather quickly, we are one step closer to creating a dedicated women and children’s center,” said Interim CEO Karen Cole. Now, Cole said the next item of business is to find appropriate clinic space for those and other providers who will soon be ...

  • Diaper Drive Aims to Collect 5,000 Diapers, Adult Underwear

    Being a new parent is hard, especially for the poor or homeless. In addition to diapers, new parents need to purchase clothing, wipes, diaper cream—and the list goes on. Humboldt General Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit understands these difficulties all too well, which is why local OB nurses are hosting a “Diaper Drive” with the goal of collecting 5,000 infant- to ...

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