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February 04, 2002|STAFF REPORTS

GAFCU honors staff at appreciation dinner

HOLTVILLE — Government Agencies Federal Credit Union honored staff members at its annual appreciation dinner Dec. 1 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near here.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the president's choice award, given by former chief executive officer Beverly Dawson to Merritt Merten, card services coordinator.

"Merritt is very dedicated to the success of the credit union," stated Dawson. "We are very lucky to have such a driven individual working for the credit union."


Merten was recognized for her dedication with ensuring the efficient operation of the VISA and ATM departments. She does whatever it takes to fulfill her responsibilities and has proven to be an essential part of the

GAFCU family, a press release states.

Gary Hobelman was awarded manager of the year. He began his GAFCU career seven years ago as a card services specialist in the ATM department and after working in that position for two years was promoted to assistant manager of delivery services. After working for five years as assistant manager, he was promoted to facilities manager in January 2001. Hobelman was recognized for his commitment to the completion of the agency's Calipatria and Salton City branches and his willingness to help others.

"Gary is an integral part of the management team," stated Richard Davis, GAFCU vice president and chief financial officer. "He is always successful at accomplishing his many work challenges and completes them with enthusiasm and efficiency."

Dora Warner, El Centro branch assistant manager, was named assistant manager of the year. Warner has been with the credit union for 13 years.

"Dora has done a phenomenal job in the busiest office at GAFCU," stated Tina Burke, assistant vice president of operations. "She is a tremendous asset to GAFCU." Warner was recognized for her extensive knowledge of operations and for filling in as the Calexico branch manager in the absence of the manager.

Each department also presented a "star award" to a staff member who excelled in their duties in the past year.

Recipients of the star awards were: Maria Rivera, Brawley branch; Lily Peralta, Calexico branch; Frances Spence, Calipatria branch; Peter Ramirez, El Centro branch; Christina Zaragoza, Holtville branch; Fabiola Varela, Imperial branch; Betty Rodarte, Salton City branch; Edith Gerardo, member service call center; Lori Marrs, accounting; Christina Buelna, special services; Tina Shafer, loans; Teresa Higgins and Teresa Valenzuela, administration; Aurora Pascua, MIS; and Lucy Barraza, card services.

Government Agencies Federal Credit Union is a full-service community credit union serving all of Imperial County with branches in El Centro, Brawley, Calexico, Imperial, Holtville, Calipatria and Salton City.

ECRMC gets acquires two new pieces of equipment

Acquisition of a new Toshiba Asteion Multislice CT Scanner and a new Amsco Eagle 3043 steam sterilizer for surgical instruments have been approved by the board of trustees of El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Charlie Rhoades, senior director of clinical services, said the new scanner represents an upgrade that will both improve services to the patient and increase physician satisfaction. The new CT scanner will replace a model in use for 10 years.

Kathy Farmer, the hospital's chief financial officer, said the new sterilizer for use by the central services department is an upgrade from present equipment that reduces the cycle time for surgical instrument sterilization from up to two hours to 45 minutes. The hospital uses a second sterilizer, purchased in 2001.

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