Cristian Rivas has been with BayCare only three years. But he’s made a huge impact in that short amount of time.
He’s made such an impact that he was bestowed with BayCare’s inaugural Transporter of the Year Award.
The new award, coordinated by BayCare system-wide leadership in Transport, will annually recognize a top performing transporter. Cristian, a transporter at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, is the recipient of the 2020 award. He was chosen from among nominees submitted to system transport leadership from each hospital. Leadership voted on the nominees. Imaging Services took the lead on the award since they do the bulk of the transporting.
For the neophytes among us, that begs the question: What is a transporter?
Transporters are the team members piling up the steps and miles and wearing out footwear by moving patients throughout the hospital. When you see a team member moving a patient with a wheelchair or stretcher, it’s a good bet that the team member is a transporter. They also can help with transporting patients into the hospital and with discharges. There are approximately 300 transporters in BayCare’s hospitals.
“Transporters take patients to and fro, from their room to radiology, sometimes to pre-op, sometimes the OR,” said Jessica Reilly, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North’s imaging supervisor who nominated Cristian for the honor. “They will also sometimes transport (medical) items.”