While a number of staff members request Christmas Day off, a few will choose to work a shift on this day, allowing others to spend time with their loved ones. Ofelia Aquino, 60, and Sal Dowhaniak, 60, are two examples of registered nurses at Mercy Medical Center’s intensive care unit who carry out this selfless gesture every year.
An additional $80,000 in Department of Housing and Urban Development money will help Merced County provide an extra 15 housing vouchers for veterans this year. Since 2012, the program provided 25 homeless veteran vouchers through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program locally, and will be able to add to the vouchers with the new cash.
In a wrongful-termination lawsuit, the former chief medical officer of Golden Valley Health Centers said she was fired for opposing policies that would undermine care for low-income and indigent patients. Dr. Silvia Diego filed the lawsuit against her former employer in Stanislaus Superior Court.