Spotlight on Employee Service: Rita Cadava

Dedicated.  Knowledgeable.  Problem-solver.  Perfectionist.  All words that have been used to describe Rita Cadava, TMC’s Service Pin honoree who is celebrating 40 years of service.

Rita’s story of her time at TMC dates back to 1970 when was participating in her high school’s co-op program.  She was just 17 years old at the time, and in 1972, landed a job as a financial counselor.  She spent time in the business office, and has worked in literally every position in the admitting department.

Today, she works at the El Dorado campus, and is a huge resource to those who don’t have the experience she does.  “Rita has always been the go-to person for her co-workers,” says Rita’s manager, Patty Ledbetter.  She adds that others in the department recognize Rita for her wealth of knowledge.  Rita’s leadership is just as impressive as her work.  “She believes in being accurate and through, and her work is just impeccable.  The quality is perfect.  She’s given that time.  She’s spent that time building that reputation.  And she deserves the recognition she gets for it,” says Ledbetter.

TMC holds a special place in Rita’s heart for many reasons.  Among them: This is where she met her husband.  Today, they have eight grandkids who lovingly consume most of Rita’s time when she’s not on the clock.  Rita, we hope your grandkids spoil you for this incredible milestone you’ve reached.  Thank you for serving Tucson Medical Center, and the Southern Arizona community, for the past 40 years!

Spotlight on Employee Service: Service Pin Ceremony

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again, where we shine the spotlight on some extraordinary employees, and celebrate their many years of service to Tucson Medical Center.  The annual Service Pin Ceremony in which TMC honors employees who have reached a five-year milestone of consecutive service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.

We wanted to dish up some much-deserved kudos for these employees ahead of the event as well.  Starting today, you can read about these incredible people, and their memories from their time at TMC.  This year, we are giving special recognition to  some long-time employees, including one 50-year honoree:  David Howell from Radiology.  David lived on campus during his early days here, where he rented a room for $12.50 a month!  There are some other long-time stars, too, including Nancy Spiller and Tina Aviles, who have been here for 45-years.  There’s another group right behind them at 40-years of service that includes Janie Cook, Patti Kubista, Georgia Turner, Rita Cadava, Vickie Nunez, Carl Lo, and Donna Brewer. 

Each employee has a story to tell, and a rich history to share.  Donna – a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, will tell you about the early days when she had to go to Danny’s Pharmacy across the street in order to get her supplies!  There are many other honorees with amazing stories of friendship, dedication and love for TMC.

The Service Pin Ceremony is TMC’s opportunity to recognize those employees who are truly proud to be here.  Enjoy reading their stories in the coming days.  They may conjure up some memories yourself!

About the ceremony:  TMC’s annual  Service Pin Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.  This year’s theme is the 2012 Olympics – Celebrating TMC’s Medalists.  Everyone celebrating milestone anniversaries this year received invitations in the mail and can bring one guest at no charge.


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