Med One to One Summer / Fall TWENTY TWENTY ISSUE 64

Employee Spotlights

Leon Alvarez Warehouse Manager - La Mirada, CA Leon Alvarez I was born in Los Angeles, CA, on December 20th, 1988, and lived there for about three to four years. Then, my family moved to Corona, CA, where I spent most of my life until I moved to Moreno Valley in 2018.

I started working for Med One on April 6th, 2016. My role at the time was a delivery driver. In 2017, I was promoted to a Lead Driver. Then, in 2018, I was promoted to the Warehouse Manager for the Corona office. What I enjoy the most about Med One is the people I work with. When I walk in through the doors, I feel like I walk into my own home. We share laughs and headaches for sure, but at the end of the day, I look forward to walking in through those doors every day.

We are a family of four: Natalie Garcia, Chanel, and Emmanuel Leon. Chanel turned 13 this summer (yes, a teenager!), and Emmanuel is four years old. Natalie and I have been together for fourteen years, and we finally got engaged last year on her birthday. We did have wedding plans this year, but COVID came along and changed that, so now that date is up in the air.

For my spare time, I enjoy BBQ, especially during NFL season (let's go Cowboys!!!). I also enjoy fishing from time to time, but if I don't have anything going on, I work on home projects. There's ALWAYS something to do at home. I thank Natalie for keeping me busy with these projects.

I love to spend time out in the great outdoors. I enjoy going to the lakes to jet-ski, Lake Havasu and Laughlin are my favorite places to go jet-skiing, but I would also like to visit Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. One of my favorite hobbies was playing softball. I got together with a few of my cousins and started a team. Not going to the lie, the first couple of seasons were tough. But we got it together and ended up winning a couple of championships. It's been a while since I've been on the field, but I can't wait for the day that I get back out there.

Well, there you have it. That's a little bit of my paradise.

John Hutchinson Biomed Repair Technician - La Mirada John Hutchinson I was born in Oakland, California, and have one younger brother. I graduated from Hayward High in Hayward, CA. After high school, I moved to Texas, where I went to U of H for a little while studying Kinesiology before moving back home.

A hobby of mine that I have recently gotten back into is restoring cars. I am a huge American muscle car enthusiast (Chevy guy). I also love spending time with my three little ones: Kenna, 5; Myles, 2; and our newest addition, Dylan.

My girlfriend and I are diehard Disneyland fans and would take the family maybe 3-4 times a year. We also enjoy going up to our cabin, hanging out at the lake, and fishing. I have grown to enjoy fishing a lot and did not realize how relaxing it is.

Working at Med One for over four years, starting off as a driver, and then being given the opportunity to become a Biomed Technician has been awesome. Because I started off as an equipment technician/driver, I saw first-hand how important Med One is to the communities by making sure that customers are receiving the best service possible. One thing I can truly say about being a Biomed Tech is that I know that each piece of equipment I test or do repairs on will impact someone’s life.

Joey Reyes Biomed Repair Technician - La Mirada Joey Reyes My name is Joey (Jose) Reyes, and I was born in Fountain Valley, California. I lived there until I was 12 years old before I move to Riverside, California. I have a brother and sister that I am very close with. I have my beautiful girlfriend and our 2-year-old son who seems to never run out of energy. We have been together for 11 years (high school sweethearts) and have been through everything together. In my spare time, I love to play sports, and more recently started to learn photography. I also enjoy playing video games with my brother and acting goofy with my son to make him laugh hysterically.

I went to a few different colleges and got my Associates in Psychology along with my Electro-Mechanical Certificate. Once I got my Electro-Mechanical Certificate, I was promoted at Med One from Lead Driver to Biomedical Technician. At Med One, I am known as the “Bed Guy” since I have learned how to troubleshoot and repair all the beds we rent. I am learning how to test, troubleshoot, and repair equipment such as monitors, infusion pumps, SCDs, and other equipment. I love what I do because the equipment I work on can help a patient recover from what they are suffering from and possibly save a life. The team that is training me cares about the quality of the equipment we test.

In La Mirada, we go by what we call the “Platinum Standard” which means that we go above and beyond to ensure every function works flawlessly, look for damages, and make sure all equipment is cleaned with no residue left from previous hospitals. The high standards we are held to is what makes this job great. We are taught that what we do matters and how it affects the patients receiving our equipment. I like that we have become a family in La Mirada because no matter how intense the day can be, we have each other to get us through it and finish the day strong and fill every order. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work at Med One and grow as an employee.

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