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‘He is the first doctor we’ve ever trusted’

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 patient George Anderson, along with his wife, Joyce, and patient Steve Kayne.

“He is the first doctor we’ve ever trusted,” the Andersons wrote in praise of Namihas when making their gift.

George Anderson is cancer free thanks to treatment by Namihas for both prostate cancer and basal cell carcinoma.

“Dr. Namihas' ability to listen and talk ‘with you’ at your level instead of ‘at you,’ along with his deep patient caring, and his expert yet flexible medical and creative protocol skills, set him apart,” the Andersons also said.

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.