Our Staff

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At San Gabriel Hospice we make it a point to hire individuals who not only meet high professional standards, but who are also gentle and compassionate. They all have special training for working with the seriously ill and understand that our care extends beyond the client to his or her family members as well.

Caring for the seriously ill involves more than just the physical aspect. We recognize that this is a time of deep emotional and spiritual significance for everyone involved. Therefore, we work as a team, with a medical staff, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. Everyone contributes their expertise so we can deliver a plan of care that is responsive to the needs of each individual and his or her family.

Our Medical Director

Peter-Mattar-MD_131Hospice patients remain under the care of their chosen primary physician. In addition, they have the benefit of our medical director, Peter Mattar, MD.  Dr. Mattar is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine with over 10 years of experience and special training in treatments designed to keep patients comfortable and pain free. He works closely with our nurses. For instance, if on a home visit a nurse feels that a change in medication is advisable, he or she can call the doctor and get a prescription that day.

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Our Chief Nurse

judithOur nurse staff is led by Judith Nivera, RN, MSN as the Director of Patient Care Services. Judith is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Nursing in Baguio, Philippines. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from Seattle Pacific University in Washington. Judith’s experience spans over 25 years in nursing healthcare. She ensures that every patient receives periodic home visits from a nurse. Our nurses develop close relationships with patients and families. They learn about your concerns and are quick to respond to questions and symptoms. We even have a nurse on call by telephone 24 hours a day.

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Our Nurse Case Manager

helenHelen Lamaria, RN, MSN manages each of our patient’s care and coordinates with the rest of the care team to ensure that the patient’s and their family needs are met. Helen has over 24 years of nursing experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pines City Education Center in Baguio, Philippines. Helen also received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

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Our Chaplain

James-Willard_131Many people experience a crisis of faith during the course of a serious illness. Even family members find themselves facing tough ethical and spiritual questions. Pastor Jim Willard, Jr is especially skilled at helping people look within and find their own answers. He received his Master of Art in Divinity from Ashford University. Pastor Jim does not push any one religion. He simply has experience helping people find their own sense of meaning and purpose in a situation that may bring up strong feelings and challenge deeply held beliefs. If the patient also prefers, Pastor Jim can also enlist the help of clergy of their own faith to minister to them.

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Our Social Worker

Part of our team approach includes the services of a licensed social worker. Social workers are especially knowledgeable about insurance, financial aid programs, and other community services that can prove invaluable when caring for a seriously ill family member. In addition, they have training to help you, your loved one, or other family members cope with difficult emotional issues that often come up in the context of serious illness.

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Our Administrator

Henri-Nivera-135x101Our entire clinical staff is supported by our Administrator. Henri Nivera is the focal point for San Gabriel Hospice’s finance and operations. He ensures that the nursing staff is empowered to provide the compassionate service that all of us have committed to providing for each of our patients. Henri has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. A former naval officer, Henri has over 10 years of operations and human resource management experience. He is also a former pharmaceutical sales and marketing executive with 15 years of experience working for companies ranked in the Top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

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