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Huntington Health RN Onsite Event

Elevate your career as you advance the highest standards of nursing excellence.

Huntington Health RN Onsite Event
Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 7:30am – 2pm PST
Where: 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Check in at main entrance.

Please bring resume.

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Nurse Residency Training Program

The new graduate RN Residency Program is designed to support the new graduate hired at Huntington Hospital in the RN’s transition from advanced beginner to competent professional.

Our RN Nurse Residency Program builds upon previous undergraduate nursing education and clinical competencies. The program consists of a series of learning and work experiences designed to assist the new graduate nurse in the transition to their first professional role and become leaders at the patient’s bedside.

The 12-month program includes a centralized onboarding process and orientation, department-specific content and skill development, preceptor and leadership support.

Residents attend seminars designed to address specific transitions through the first year of practice as a novice nurse.

The seminar topics include:

Patient safety-minimizing risk
Evidence-based practice
Professional development
Learn more about Nursing at Huntington Hospital.

New Graduate RN Nurse Residency Commitment
Each new graduate nurse resident accepted into the program will be expected to:

Commit to full-time employment for the duration of the program, with continued employment for two years
Adhere to all hospital guidelines as a member of the professional nursing staff
Develop and utilize peer and leadership relationships to support professional development
Participate actively in general and specialized training experiences
Complete program evaluations for purposes of improvement and outcome data
Huntington Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs for the following specialty units:

Critical Care
Definitive Observation Unit
New Grad Float pool
Huntington Hospital RN Residency programs are developed in the following areas:

Neonatal ICU
Operating Room
Labor & Delivery
Medical Surgical Telemetry
Medical Surgical
Behavioral Health
The Residency program will offer three cohorts for 2023. Start dates and position availability is dependent on unit specific hiring needs. New Grad RN positions posted at Huntington Hospital careers page prior to the start of each program.

Winter 2023 Cohort – January 23, 2023
Apply November 2022
Spring 2023 Cohort – May 15, 2023
Apply March 2023
Fall 2023 Cohort – August 23, 2023
Apply June 2023
Requirements to qualify for the New Grad RN Residency Program:

Graduated from an accredited bachelor’s in nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing.
Associate in Nursing Degree may be considered for current Huntington Hospital employee, must commit to obtaining a bachelor’s in nursing within three years from date of transfer/promotion.
Newly graduated Registered Nurse with a total of less than one year of nursing experience in any area by the start of the program.
Valid California Registered Nursing License at time of application.
A complete application will include the following:

An online application, resume and personal statement
Please answer these two questions on the top portion of your personal statement
Are you currently employed at Huntington Hospital? If yes, what unit are you currently working in and in what role?
What are your top three preferences for employment (1 being first preference, 2 second, 3 third) – Unit hiring availability will be listed at the time of the open application.
Your personal statement is an opportunity to help us get to know you beyond what is on your resume. The personal statement should not exceed two pages. The personal statement should include:
why have you selected nursing as a profession?
what being a nurse means to you?
what will you bring to the profession of nursing at Huntington Hospital?
When applying please also include:
Copies of your unofficial academic transcripts,
Two letters of recommendation,
A description of any volunteer service you’ve performed and
Copies of your California Registered Nurse license (Primary Source Verification document from the BRN Web Site)
Certifications (ACLS/BLS).

Learn more: https://www.huntingtonhealth.org/education/residency-programs/nursing-residency/

Winter 2023 Cohort – January 23, 2023
Apply November 2022
Spring 2023 Cohort – May 15, 2023
Apply March 2023
Fall 2023 Cohort – August 23, 2023
Apply June 2023

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Huntington Hospital Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Healthcare Equality Index

Huntington is one of 496 healthcare providers nationwide earning the coveted

“LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation

Today, Huntington Hospital has received an evaluation of 100 and the designation of “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the 2022 HEI survey and 496 of those earned an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.

“This is an important day in the history of Huntington,” said Pamela Weatherspoon, Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Huntington Hospital. “While this designation is a significant achievement, we understand that our work is a journey. We’re proud of our continued efforts to build a culture at Huntington that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we are committed to ensuring equity in all aspects of our work.”

“A year ago, Pamela joined our organization to identify areas of improvement and strengths for caring for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “In this short time, we have made long strides – and during a pandemic, no less. Huntington is a place for health and healing for all, and I could not be more proud of the HEI achievement. To our employees, nurses and affiliated physicians, thank you for your continued support, sharing your voice, and for your ongoing involvement in making Huntington diverse, inclusive and equitable, as a workplace and for our community.”

The HEI evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  • Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care;
  • LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support;
  • Employee Benefits and Policies; and,
  • Patient and Community Engagement.

“Every person deserves to have access to quality healthcare, be respected and heard by their doctor, and feel safe in the facility where they are receiving care. But LGBTQ+ people are often subject to discrimination in all spaces, including healthcare facilities, which leads to members of the community avoiding care and anticipating our voices will not be respected in an incredibly vulnerable environment,” said Tari Hanneman, Director of Health & Aging at The Human Rights Campaign. “The Healthcare Equality Index, at its core, strives to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected and affirmed by their healthcare providers and feel safe seeking services. Our HEI active participants are truly pioneering the healthcare industry by implementing robust, comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusive policies that hopefully, because of their work, will become standard practice.”

In the 2022 report, an impressive 496 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation,receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100. Another 251 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation with scores between 80 and 95 points and at least partial credit in each section. With 82% of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, health care facilities are demonstrating concretely that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ+ care.

The remarkable progress reflected in the 2022 HEI includes:

  • 93% of participants met the HEI’s training requirements, completing more than 200,000 hours of staff training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care.
  • 82% of participating facilities earned either the Leader or Top Performer.
  • 99% of HEI participants documented that they include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in their patient non-discrimination policy.
  • 99% of HEI participants documented that they include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in their employment nondiscrimination policy.
  • 81% of HEI participants offer transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to their employees, up from 75% in 2019, which was the first year this it was required in order to obtain Leader status. 2020.

In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched the key policies for LGBTQ+ inclusion at over 1,300 non-participating hospitals. Unfortunately, these research hospitals were much less likely to have LGBTQ+ non-discrimination policies in place, which is a stark contrast to the near-perfect adoption by active participants. Among the researched hospitals in which we were able to find or obtain enumerated patient non-discrimination policies, only 70% have policies that include both sexual orientation and gender identity compared to 99% of HEI participants.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

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Huntington Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention for Third Year in a Row

Huntington Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention for the third year in a row according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. For the 2022 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared America’s 100 Best Hospitals award recipients as a group, to all other hospitals as a group, and found:

  • From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award have, on average, 27.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*
  • From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average, 46.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes. The recognition helps provide peace of mind when selecting a place for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades.

In August 2021, Huntington Hospital opened the Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center, the most comprehensive and innovative facility for cardiac care in the San Gabriel Valley. The center offers a full spectrum of cardiology services – including screening and diagnostic tests, advanced medical and surgical treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation and education programs.

“I’m so proud our hospital has been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention for three consecutive years,” said Alex Durairaj, MD, medical director of cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital. “As we recognize heart month, we are reminded of the impact of heart disease. These designations reflect the commitment of our dedicated, skilled interventional cardiologists and cardiac rehabilitation team and the leading-edge heart care our new center offers our patients.”

Huntington Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)



  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2019-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row (2020-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 5 Years in a Row (2018-2022)


To see the complete list of awards, visit: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/hospital-ratings-awards. To view the complete methodology, visit: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/ratings-awards/methodology.


* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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Congratulations to DAISY Award winner, Katelyn Walker, RN

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington most recently celebrated DAISY Award winner, Katelyn Walker! She was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:

“Katelyn sat down to talk to me about my experience and recovery. She went out of her way to bring me specialty items; she was a lifesaver. Katelyn also sat with me to console me and make sure I was OK mentally due to various reasons; it was a difficult time for me. She was so amazing, and I felt safe and comforted by her. The staff was fantastic, but Katelyn stood out; she helped me on a personal level. We cried together and shared similar stories. I feel so blessed for the staff that took care of me; I’m especially thankful for Katelyn.”

Thank you, Katelyn, for your compassionate care to our patient and congratulations on this special recognition! For more information about the DAISY Award, please visit www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform.

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Congratulations to September DAISY Award winner, Norma Garcia, RN

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington Hospital’s September DAISY Award winner, Norma Garcia, RN, mother baby unit, was nominated by a colleague who wrote the following:

“Tonight, I had a difficult task; my patient had an unimaginable occurrence that was extremely complicated and trying in many ways – including a language barrier. The patient did not have any support person or family. Luckily, Norma was there and did not hesitate to go far beyond her job description to support not only the patient but myself as the primary nurse. She held the patient’s hand and never left her side. She sat with her during a painful procedure and made sure the patient understood the plan of care in her own language. Norma showed great empathy; her actions were not only invaluable for the patient but provided immeasurable support to me. Norma listened to the patient’s story and became her support person. A true connection was formed – a connection that embodies the heart of nursing. This was a pivotal point in the patient’s care. I am so lucky to have witnessed this connection and to have had the support of such an amazing nurse. I truly believe that Norma helped make a devastating experience for the patient into one that was met with peace. She deserves to be acknowledged for her compassionate care.”

Congratulations, Norma, for your well-deserved DAISY Award!

For more information about the DAISY Award, please click here.

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Nirav Vikram Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA, joins Huntington Hospital as Vice President, Quality Improvement and Clinical Operations

Huntington Hospital today announced Nirav Vikram Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA, has joined the Huntington Enterprise and its executive management team as vice president, quality improvement and clinical operations.

In his leadership role, Dr. Kamdar will guide quality improvement, patient safety and clinical operations, including pharmacy, laboratory, care coordination and the Senior Care Network. Leveraging his strong foundation of quality and service excellence, Dr. Kamdar will use a data-driven approach to build upon the hospital’s strong clinical engine. His focus will be to improve processes and clinical operations, decrease variations in care and create a high reliability organization focused on safety and exceptional patient outcomes.

“I’m so pleased to welcome Dr. Kamdar to the executive management team,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Dr. Kamdar’s collaborative leadership and dedication to patient safety and quality excellence will not only enhance our quality and safety but cultivate our patient experience initiatives and clinical advancements.”

Dr. Kamdar joins Huntington from UCLA Health, where he served in multiple leadership roles to enhance quality including as director of quality for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, a senior quality officer and the clinical director of the UCLA Biodesign Program.

Dr. Kamdar has an impressive background in both training and study. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied political science, then received two concurrent degrees: his MD from Stanford School of Medicine and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Kamdar later completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and then his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Kamdar also serves as a board member of Salastina, a non-profit, Pasadena-based, chamber music group that helps support quality music throughout the city and provides unique, educational programming in our community.

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Congratulations to 2020 DAISY Team Award winners, 6 East and DOU

6 East 2020 Daisy Award Winners

DOU 2020 Daisy Award Winners

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. After much delay due to the pandemic, we were finally able to celebrate 6 East and DOU for their achievement: Huntington Hospital’s 2020 DAISY Team Awards!

6 East was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:

“This was my first hospital stay ever in my life. I would really like to recognize these nurses and staff: Diane, Kristofer, Lilian, Maria and Angelica. All of them were extremely comforting, caring, compassionate, prompt, polite and efficient at their jobs. Lilian, Maria and Angelica kept me and my wife comfortable and in good spirits, and met my basic needs. We always had ice water and never lacked for anything. Diane and Kristofer were the best; they kept my pain under control by being prompt and accurate when administering my medication, which was required to maintain my pain levels from getting out of control. I cannot express how grateful I am for all their care. They went above and beyond. I would also like to give a standing ovation to the 6E staff/team,
especially the night shift!”

DOU was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:

“I ended up in a bed that self-adjusts, but because of a physical condition, it created discomfort on my back. I became quite agitated and asked to be moved to a different bed, one that did not self-adjust. I became more agitated when I found out all the beds self-adjust and aimed my anger at Ray. Throughout the evening, he remained calm and supportive, making sure I was as comfortable as possible. For the remainder of my lengthy stay, he was never anything less than pleasant and professional. He was friendly. I had a procedure that was stressful and will always remember many of the details, but I will also remember the kindness and patience of Ray.

My nurse Laura was also cheerful, professional and reassuring. She was supposed to be off the next day, and I was surprised to see her; she was called in to cover on her day off. I heard a visitor raising their voice at her, and it made me reflect on my behavior with Ray previously. After that encounter, Laura came into my room. There was no evidence in her expression or manner that anything stressful had occurred. I never saw anything but care and comfort with professionalism. By the end of my stay, I felt a deep respect and sense of friendship for Ray and Laura. I wanted you to hear my story firsthand from me so that you could hear the true emotion in my heart that I feel for them.”

Congratulations, 6 East and DOU, for your well-deserved DAISY Team Awards! For more information about the DAISY Award, please visit http://www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform

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U.S. News & World Report Names Huntington Hospital a High Performing Hospital for the Best Hospitals for Maternity

Huntington Hospital has been recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity.

To be recognized among the Best Hospitals for Maternity, hospitals had to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a ‘High Performing’ rating.

“All families deserve to be informed on how hospitals perform on key indicators of quality, which is why U.S. News has compiled and published a trove of maternal health data from hospitals across the country,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “The hospitals we’ve recognized as High Performing meet a high standard in caring for patients with uncomplicated pregnancies.”

Huntington Hospital earned a “High Performing” rating in Best Hospitals for Maternity. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for that type of care.

“Deciding where to have a baby is an immense life decision, and we are so honored to provide our expectant parents with safe, custom birth experiences at our hospital,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “We have a long history of exceptional maternal care which spans generations within our community, and this latest distinction is a testament to our continued growth and commitment to providing safe, excellent care to our patients and babies. Congratulations to the dedicated nurses, physicians, and staff at our Family Birth Center and Mother and Baby Unit for earning this inaugural designation in maternity from U.S. News & World Report. I’m very proud of their work and this achievement.”

Unique to the U.S. News site, participating hospital profiles are a one-stop-shop and include a variety of relevant offerings for parents-to-be including key measures of safety, alongside services and amenities, like private rooms, valet parking, and availability of child birthing classes.

The evaluation looks at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey from the U.S. News health analysis team in the spring of 2021 which reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary. We anticipate updating Best Hospitals for Maternity in the summer of 2022, to coincide with the release of the 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions ratings.

Learn more about maternity care by finding an OBGYN affiliated with Huntington Hospital and give your baby the best start in life.