Summary: Specialty care technician David Tamalunas, of Cicero, left, was named Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals’ 2010 employee of the year. He is pictured with Chief Executive Officer Rick Wright.
La Grange – As a specialty care technician at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, David Tamalunas helps nurses and physicians with patient care such as applying splints and cleaning wounds. The 27-year-old Cicero resident also transports patients to other areas of the hospital for surgery, treatment or tests, and brings them back to their rooms. These are not just routine tasks for Tamalunas; he uses this time to contribute to each patient’s total care, and create a positive hospital experience for every patient he comes into contact with.
“Interacting with patients is the best part of my job,” Tamalunas said. “My goal is to help put them at ease and take their mind off what’s going on.”
For his ease with patients, his poise in the midst of stress, his willingness to take on extra tasks as well as work extra shifts, Tamalunas was named the hospital’s 2010 Employee of the Year.
“David is highly motivated, full of energy, and remains calm and composed in the midst of chaos,” said his supervisor, Danielle Roach, clinical coordinator in emergency services. “Dave is always willing to help his fellow co-workers. He is able to multi-task and prioritizes with ease. We are fortunate to have him on our team. One day he will make an excellent nurse.”
Tamalunas became certified as an emergency medical technician five years ago. He is taking pre-requisite courses at Morton College in Cicero and plans to enroll in an associate’s degree nursing program in the fall. He hopes to continue his education and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
He has worked at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital for almost three years. Tamalunas previously worked in banking; this is his first job in the medical field.
“I like the size of the hospital because it’s neither too big nor too small,” Tamalunas said. “You get to know the doctors and nurses, the environmental services staff and the food services team. I like the culture. Everyone respects everyone else. Like a family, we have our ups and downs but we always put aside any differences to give the patients the best care we can.”
Tamalunas doesn’t mind working the 12-hour shifts his job calls for.
“I love my job,” he said. “The patients and the people I work with make my job fun and rewarding.”
Tamalunas was recognized at Adventist Midwest Health’s annual Employee of the Year celebration, held Feb. 10 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Oak Brook. Each Employee of the Year receives a plaque and a $1,000 check.
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