My SoCal Hospital Heroes Awards

Congratulations to Our 2023 Heroes!

HASC is thrilled to announce the 2023 My SoCal Hospital Heroes! The selection committee had a difficult time narrowing down the finalists from among so many outstanding employees, but, at last, here are this year’s awardees. Many congratulations to:

  • Amelia Grover, Dignity Health Marian Regional Medical Center
  • Aziz Zaouadi, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
  • Chico Manning, PIH Health
  • Cindy Baker-Fox, Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Judy Bravo, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
  • Kirk Hylton, City of Hope
  • Lorenz Sumbong, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
  • Lydia Kreil, Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center
  • Michael Majich, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Minah Jackson, Loma Linda University Health
  • Paul Cancio, Cedars-Sinai
  • Rachel Villanueva, MLK Community Healthcare
  • Tierra Mallory-Sanchez, Southwest Healthcare Rancho Springs Hospital

We’re so proud to have these remarkable employees within the HASC membership. Their dedication, innovation and compassion set a shining example for all of us. We look forward to celebrating these heroes on Friday, Nov. 3!

Awards and Gala Information

The 2023 My SoCal Hospital Heroes Awards aim to highlight the outstanding work of hospital staff, day in and day out. The awards will recognize heroes from among member hospitals in our six-county region (LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura). Awardees will be honored at the My SoCal Hospital Heroes Awards Gala, taking place Nov. 3, 2023, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

We invite members, partners and friends to help celebrate our 2023 heroes at the Hospital Heroes Awards Gala as a supporter or sponsor. For information on sponsorship or purchasing a tribute ad, please see the Sponsorships section. To purchase attendee tickets, please visit the Gala registration page. For any questions, email [email protected] or call (213) 538-0715.


Thank you to these generous sponsors of the 2023 My SoCal Hospital Heroes Awards Gala:

Inland Empire Health Plan logo
National Health Foundation logo
PIH Health logo
SoCal Advocacy logo
West Coast University logo

HASC invites members, partners and friends to celebrate our 2023 Hospital Heroes by becoming a Gala sponsor or purchasing a tribute ad. To learn more, please contact Michael Jusi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, by email or at (818) 624-9673.


For any questions about the awards process or gala, please contact Devani Hubbard.

Devani Hubbard

Job title:
Program Director, Event Planning and Marketing
Phone number:
(213) 538-0715


The selection committee will review nominations and choose the 2023 Hospital Heroes. Committee members may consider the following categories in naming award winners.

Unsung Hero

Non-clinical staff members who have made an impact behind the scenes with quiet acts of heroism. These staff represent their hospital with compassion, a positive attitude and a commitment to excellence. Willing to help at any moment, they demonstrate that being a “hero” isn’t always defined by title or rank.

Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion (DHEI) Champion

Employees who inspire change with an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in health care. These team members have advocated for a positive difference in health care and have changed the lives of patients and peers through their everyday work. With a passion for health equity, they strive to create a more just and balanced system within their organizations.

Health Care Innovator

Individuals who always seek ways to help their organizations better care for patients, whether it’s improving business programs, increasing access to patient data, creating new care delivery models or designing innovative educational programs. These staff think outside the box to develop compelling ideas to change the health care workplace.

Community Impact

Hospital team members who have made significant contributions towards the health and safety of their community. These employees have shown commitment above and beyond their normal job duties and a clear desire to strengthen their hospital’s social responsibility. Demonstrating leadership and passion, these staff have left a tangible impact on their community.

Excellence in Nursing

Nurses who consistently demonstrate compassion, skill, knowledge and excellence in caring for patients. These committed staff stay up to date on and regularly implement best practices to enhance quality of life and patient safety in their departments. They stand out as role models for the community.