Two exceptional nurses from Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) have been honored at the inaugural Soledad Velez-Pangilinan Nursing Excellence Awards (SVP-NEA). It is an initiative by Metro Pacific Health (MPH) to recognize and celebrate nurses who exemplify the values of the esteemed healthcare network in providing exceptional and holistic care with compassion to patients.

Out of the three awards presented by MPH, MakatiMed managed to secure two titles. The first one is Daryl Jeremiah R. Gaba, MAN, RN, CLSSYB, Assistant Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services (NPCS), who has received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership 2023 Award for his exemplary leadership and the positive impact on the nursing team and the hospital. 

Gaba embodies the values of MPH as a clinical nurse and nurse leader, as he has spearheaded various programs that helped improve operations and boost employee morale in MakatiMed. Among the many projects he led include the Hospital-wide Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project – Nursing, Emergency Department, Inpatient & Admitting (NEIA) Project for the significant reduction of Emergency Department boarding time for patients and the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification for Nurse Leaders, Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion, and Teamwork (EPICT) Performer of the Month (Core Values based Employee Reward). 

Another MakatiMed awardee is Joshua Jaime P. Nario, MA, RN, CLDP, Senior Program Manager in NPCS-Nursing Education, Research, and Development (NERD), who has been recognized with the Excellence in Nursing Education 2023 Award. Nario’s dedication has had a profound impact on the learning and development of nurses at MakatiMed, making him a deserving recipient of this esteemed award. He introduced various education programs for MakatiMed nurses such as the Competency Enhancement program for Clinical Care Associates (formerly called Nursing Assistant program), Graduate Studies Assistant Program, and MakatiMed Nursing Learning and Development Program. 

Saturnino P. Javier, MD, Medical Director and Co-President and CEO of Makati Medical Center, commends the MakatiMed nurses for their achievement and for serving as an inspiration to their colleagues. 

“Mr. Gaba and Mr. Nario represent the very essence of MakatiMed’s dedication, delivering the highest standards of patient care and continuously striving for excellence in the field of nursing,” Dr. Javier highlights. “The hospital has a long-standing tradition of excellence in patient care and nursing services. It is in this esteemed environment that two of their remarkable nurses have thrived and demonstrated their outstanding skills and dedication.” 

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