A trustworthy physician

Ivan Namihas, MD (in green shirt), shows his gold Healing Hands pin, signifying 10 grateful patient donations made in his honor. He is pictured with fellow radiation medicine staff members and Judy Chatigny, MSN (far right).

The Olympics may be behind us, but thanks to loyal patients, gold was just presented to radiation medicine physician Ivan Namihas, MD — specifically, a gold pin from the Healing Hands grateful patient program at Loma Linda University Health.

The Healing Hands program allows patients to express their gratitude for extraordinary care by making a donation of any amount in honor of a physician or staff member. First-time recognitions are commemorated with a silver lapel pin for the honoree to wear proudly. Once 10 donations are made in a person’s honor, he or she receives a gold Healing Hands pin.

Gifts made in Namihas’ honor reached 10 when he was recently recognized by an anonymous patient and his wife, as well as patient Steve Kayne. 

In making their donation, the unnamed patient and his wife noted that Namihas is a physician who can be counted on. 

Namihas received his gold pin in a ceremony Sept. 13, during which other radiation medicine staff members were also honored.

Patient Mark Vanderslice recognized six staff members. Vanderslice says:

“I had a relapse after five years with cancer [and had to] undergo radiation treatment. Of course, I wasn’t pleased to hear this. However, I felt confident in the care of Loma Linda University Medical Center. When I came to the radiation department, I expected good service; however the service I received was extraordinary. I came across some very kind and caring people.”

Specfically, Vanderslice made donations honoring Ruben Jimenez, Kristin Bock, Kitty Holloway, Yenziwe Dube and Catrina Wheeler. He also gave special mention to Devon Elston-Hurdle, Michelle Johnson, Joe Angeles and Jesse Richards.

To learn more about the Healing Hands grateful patient program, visit medical-center.lomalindahealth.org/patients-visitors/grateful-patient-program.