Bidding a Fond Farewell

Saying goodbye to two retiring Henry Mayo directors

Maria Strmsek, Director of Volunteer Services, will be retiring in November after 27 years of service. Her list of accomplishments and accolades spans two decades, a time in which she touched the lives of many staff members, volunteers and patients. 

Strmsek began her career at Henry Mayo on Sept. 3, 1991. Since that day she has worked tirelessly to create a strong sense of community among hospital volunteers, who collectively contribute over 50,000 hours of service annually. 

In 1992, Strmsek helped to create the Teddy Bear Drive, an annual event in which donated plush animals are collected for children who visit Henry Mayo’s Emergency Department. Over the years, she has been an integral part of Henry Mayo’s Pet Visitation Program and also supported PathPoint’s Project SEARCH, an on-site internship program at the hospital for young adults with disabilities. (See Page 11 for more on Project SEARCH.)As a community advocate, Strmsek has served on the Advisory Committee for the SCV Senior Center’s 
Caregivers’ Resource Day and the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Director and Volunteer Conference Planning Committee. She has also worked on the Career Preparation Collaborative Program with the William S. Hart Union High School District. “Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has been so fortunate to have the vision, compassion and dedication of Maria Strmsek for the past 27 years,” said Marlee Lauffer, President of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. “She will be greatly missed, but her positive impact on our Volunteer Services department and our hospital as a whole will be felt for years to come. We wish her the best in her retirement!” ​IYH

Sally McGann, RN, MSN, Director of Maternal & Child Services, will be retiring in November after 14 years of service. She began her career at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in 2004. One of her most profound contributions has been her insistence that all perinatal and neonatal care meet the highest quality standards. She spearheaded Henry Mayo’s participation in statewide collaboratives and data-sharing initiatives as part of her efforts to elevate the hospital’s maternity care.

Under McGann’s leadership, Henry Mayo received a national Baby Friendly designation in 2012. The same year, McGann provided the leadership necessary to open Henry Mayo’s first NICU—the Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit—a much-needed service she wanted to see in our community. She initiated and implemented the opening of the Outpatient Lactation Center and was key to the perinatal mood and anxiety disorder program. The community will continue to benefit from the work she has contributed to the opening of the new patient tower, which includes the future Center for Women and Newborns.

“We recognize Sally for her unconditional dedication, grace and congeniality,” said Jennifer Castaldo, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Sally’s accomplishments will always be there to remind us of how important she has been to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. We thank Sally for her professional service, her unwavering dedication to nursing, and her many contributions to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and our community, most especially our mothers and babies.” IYH