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September 2021 Mariposa Award Winner- Wilber Mendez, RN

September 7, 2021 by Dylan Lewis

Where do I start? Wil is truly one of a kind. He is a wonderful person, through and through.  Wil is immensely valuable to Mountain Family. I have no doubt that he will take the Edwards clinic to a new level. He will share his experience, knowledge, energy, compassion, innovation, and humor just as he did with Glenwood. He will shine brilliantly.  Wil gives 200% every single day he comes to work. He readily takes on anything that is asked of him. He goes out of his way to help anyone and everyone. He cares deeply for the well-being of our patients. He has a bedside manner that eases our patients’ pain, both physically and emotionally. He assists the providers while, at the same time, absorbing all their knowledge. Wil’s eagerness to learn and grow is infectious. He helps the medical assistants whenever they need him. They all love him. He influences the nurses to rise to the top of their profession. He continually brings innovative ideas to elevate the nursing role.  In Edwards, as the clinic nurse facilitator, he will support the nurses and have their back no matter what. He will bring amazing ideas. He will teach others. And he will make everyone laugh.  I can’t express in words how sad I am to lose Wil at Glenwood. But I am so very grateful I was able to work with him side by side. The transfer to Edwards is exactly what needs to happen and is much deserved.   Wil, I have the highest respect for you as a nurse. I thoroughly enjoy you as a friend. And I love you like a son.  

Kelly Ketzenbarger, RN

This guy, what can I say about him?  He is a great nurse sure, but I think what makes him stand out from the crowd is his endless energy and infectious personality.  From day 1 he made a huge impact on the Glenwood Clinic, not only supporting the nurses that had been understaffed for several months but also just the energy he brought to the team.   He was always there to support his coworkers, be flexible when needed, and persevere every day.  Listening to him and Wynette outside my office would bring me up no matter how defeated I was feeling at the time.  He was always ready to hop in and work with the providers to make sure the patients were cared for and he could calm down an escalated polar bear I swear.   I believe his attributes will be felt in Glenwood for years to come.  I also am really excited for the Edwards clinic.  They are really gaining a great leader.  Wil represents Mountain Family with finesse and we are lucky we can call him our own.   

Amanda Canete, RN

I would describe Wilbur as a bottle of pure sunshine – there hasn’t been a time that I’ve spoken to Wilbur and not come away with a smile and feeling better about everything, both as a patient and a staff member. And I don’t know how he maintains his level of energy, enthusiasm, and kindness while also raising his kids and working towards his Psych NP degree! And how far he’ll go for everyone in his life was driven home a few weeks ago when I had a personal health scare. He found out from Amanda and then called me, did a very thorough triage over the phone, and gave me his cell number and instructions to call if anything got worse, no matter the time because he’d be up studying anyway. We are so lucky to have him!

Marija Weeden, Director of Operations

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