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EMC employee recognized with Tenet Hero award
Tenet Hero
Moana Afamasaga was named a Tenet Hero, which is a program that celebrates employees who have gone above and beyond their regular duties (Photo contributed).

The Emanuel Medical Center employee who helped make sure the hospital had enough respirators and other needed equipment as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to take a toll locally, as been named a Tenet Hero.

Moana Afamasaga, Plant Operations Manager, at the hospital was recognized for the annual award, in part for her “outstanding contributions in 2021.”

The Tenet Heroes program celebrates those individuals who make a meaningful impact within their communities and go above and beyond their daily responsibilities.

“Nominated by leadership and/or fellow colleagues, Tenet Heroes exemplify the company’s core values and commitment to its mission,” said hospital spokesman Krista Deans.

This year, Tenet is recognizing approximately 70 heroes companywide.

Afamasaga was recognized as a Tenet Hero for many reasons including her consistent leadership and willingness to go the extra mile for our hospital. She created and implemented a tracking system to ensure PAPR (respirators) availability for staff and expanded negative pressure isolation capacity; even personally installing filters when her department was short-staffed.

Afamasaga also led a recent construction project in the Emanuel Cancer Center, including making sure they had a safe interim space to provide care during construction.

“Moana is a true inspiration who continues to make a positive and meaningful impact on our community each day,” said Murali Naidu, M.D., CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “We are deeply grateful to Moana for her dedication, selfless efforts and commitment to our hospital, patients and community.”