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UCI Health Honors Faculty & Staff
at the ARIISE Awards


Dear colleagues,

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, UCI Health celebrated the accomplishments of six exceptional individuals and one outstanding team during the 2017 ARIISE Award Ceremony. The event, attended by 300 people and held at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, was the largest to date.

Each year, the ARIISE awards honor faculty and staff who best exemplify UCI Health’s core values of accountability, respect, integrity, innovation, service and excellence. In addition, one team is selected that best exhibits the six ARIISE values. This year, 230 nominations were received – over four times the number received last year. Nominees and finalists in the seven categories were invited to attend, along with their managers and nominators.

This years winners are:

  • Accountability -
    Lauren Silva
    Senior Administrative Analyst Supervisor
    Ambulatory Care Administration


  • Respect -
    Esther Ho, MD
    Hospitalist/Family Medicine Residency Program Director
    Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
    Hospitalist Program


  • Integrity -
    Jesus Robles
    Senior Custodian
    Environmental Services


  • Innovation -
    Jefferson Chen, MD
    Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
    Director of Neurotrauma
    Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery


  • Service -
    Denise Leon
    Clinical Social Worker II
    Clinical Social Work


  • Excellence -
    Steven Tam, MD
    Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
    Division of Geriatric Medicine & Internal Medicine
    Department of Medicine & Family Medicine


  • Team Award -
    Comprehensive Digestive Disease Endoscopy Center
    Led by: Gina Keranen
    Administrative Nurse Manager

The UCI Health executive leadership team extends our sincere congratulations to our impressive list of winners, finalists and nominees. The dedication of these outstanding faculty and staff members significantly contributes to positioning UCI Health as the best place to Discover. Teach. Heal.

Kind regards,

Richard J. Gannotta
Interim Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer
UCI Health