Tish Starbuck, vice president of Mission and Ethics at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, has been selected to receive a 2008 Chairman’s Award from the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s 83rd installation dinner Thursday, June 5th, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

Starbuck, a Malibu resident, was selected for her involvement and contributions to the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

“Each year we award Chairman’s Awards to members of the chamber who are not on the Board of Directors but whose contributions to the business of the chamber are invaluable,” said Tom Larmore, chairman of the Board of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

“Tish joined us on a trip to Sacramento to meet with legislators, and last fall when the chamber was putting together a checklist of what we would look for in legislation involving healthcare issues, she was very helpful.”

Starbuck is also a member of the chamber’s Workforce Housing Committee and a participant in the LUCE (Land Use Circulation Element) Planning and Westside Transportation meetings.

In addition to Starbuck’s award, three Saint John’s employees have been selected by the health center for recognition at the event for their efforts in service excellence. The three employees are Teresa Fan, Greg Packard and Judy Hutchison.

Fan is the pain management pharmacist at Saint John’s Health Center. She works side-by-side with physicians and nurses to solve pain management issues for patients. Fan was selected for the invaluable role she plays as a resource to the staff of Saint John’s and patients in efforts to better manage pain, according to the health center.

Packard was selected for his contribution to the PICIS Project, which takes surgical services at Saint John’s Health Center to an advanced state of technology through computerized record keeping.

Hutchison, an advanced practice nurse, is being recognized for her efforts in teaching and guiding the care of cardiovascular patients. She is a liaison with patient/families/physicians and healthcare teams to educate and manage care and resources for cardiac and critical care patients. In the community, she is involved in cholesterol screenings, Happy Hearts, woman with heart disease and American Heart Association community education programs for local school systems.

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