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STAR Award for Impact at Salinas Valley Health

STAR Award for Impact at Salinas Valley Health

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

Some of the top talent at Salinas Valley Health never see a patient and yet they have a huge impact on patient care and the way doctors communicate with their patients. One of those behind-the-scenes, skilled professionals is the latest recipient of the STAR Award. STAR is a widely used acronym at the organization representing core values of treating patients, families and co-workers with Support, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect.

Sherryl Roz, MSN, RN-BC, ONC is an Ambulatory Team Lead in the Epic department. Take out the medical jargon and Sherryl is a STAR Award recipient for her critical contributions in developing and launching the MyChart electronic medical records system that Salinas Valley Health Clinic patients use to stay on top of their health and wellness needs.

“Though her work within the organization is behind-the-scenes,” said Josh Rivera, Director of Enterprise Informatics. “The bi-product of her work is very much in the forefront of everything we do.”

Sherryl joined Salinas Valley Health in July 2019 and has been on the Epic team from day one as the public district hospital system was developing MyChart to improve the access patients have to their confidential medical records and streamline the workflow at Salinas Valley Health Clinics, Salinas Valley Health Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center, as well as partner groups such as Doctors on Duty, Central Coast Nephrology, and most recently, Santa Lucia Medical Group.

In nominating Sherryl for the STAR Award, various directors commented on her ability to navigate complex components within electronic medical records, her expertise in negotiating and overcoming limitations inherent in software and always working to make the process user friendly for office staff, physicians and patients.

The celebration and presentation of the STAR Award was a highly anticipated event and Sherryl said she was both surprised and honored by the recognition. She also agreed with her director who noted that while the Award goes to an individual, it reflects the commitment of many people and departments working on common goals.

Since the 2020 MyChart launch, the team has also successfully implemented a number of other key projects including Healthy Planet Population Health, Secure Chat, eConsults, the patient COVID vaccine clinics, telemedicine, patient messaging and MyChart Inpatient.

Ramon Vega, a nurse aide on the Observation Care Unit also received a STAR Award nomination. Every month, Salinas Valley Memorial recognizes two extraordinary employees, one with a DAISY Award (for nurses) and another with a STAR Award (for all staff). STAR stands for the SVMHS values of Support, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect. Nominations can be submitted by patients, visitors and staff. Nomination forms and drop boxes are located throughout the hospital and online. To learn more about the awards visit

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