In the month of November America honors its veterans and Catalina Island Medical Center (CIMC) would like to recognize its own staff members who have served our country:
Tom Collins, LVN was stationed in California during his 20 year career in the Navy. He was trained as an independent hospital corpsman and traveled overseas as the primary medical provider on ships holding up to 350 people; Dexter Amend, Physical Therapist, served in the Air Force doing air evacuations during the first Gulf War. He was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Seattle and also worked from Ramstein AFB in Germany; and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Ballard is also a veteran.
CIMC welcomes a new staff member to this illustrious group of veterans who has worked and sacrificed as part of the United States military. Richard Huband, LVN is now serving island residents and visitors in the Medical Group Office.
As a retired service member Richard Huband, LVN is an important new part of the medical center’s family. Huband spent four years in the Navy working with aviation weapons system. He considered attending medical school when leaving the Navy but instead enlisted in the Marine Corps where for 19 years he designed airports, studied engineering and was stationed all over the world. At retirement he examined his 23 years of military service and chose to attend Stanbridge College and study nursing with a goal of working for the Veterans Administration. About four years ago he was made aware of an opening for a Licensed Vocational Nurse position at CIMC.
“I always wanted to live on Catalina,” Huband shared. “My wife Danenne grew up here.”
But the position was filled before he was able to respond. When the latest opening at the Medial Group Office became available he “jumped at it.” He started work in early October.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, where his family resides, he “enjoys everything about living here.” With three young kids in grades 5-8, Huband likes scuba and surfing. His diving background includes doing salvage repair and maintenance for commercial vessels. He also recently joined the local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4682.
CIMC honors Richard Huband, LVN and all of our veterans for their dedication and service to our nation.
Photo credit: Judy Hibbs