Dionette Kelton was something special.
A long-time VMC nurse and most recently the Director of Care Management, her unexpected passing was a shock to us all. The depth of her career accomplishments is only exceeded by the number of people who came to see her as a friend, mentor and leader. Dionette personified the spirit and can-do attitude that makes VMC such a remarkable institution.
Her VMC career began 28 years ago as an health aide while simultaneously attending the San Jose State University School of Nursing. On becoming an RN, she quickly grew into her role as a clinical leader as the Nurse Manager for the TCNU and later the Medical Short Stay Unit.
As Director of Care Management, Dionette was on the front lines of transforming VMC as it prepares for healthcare reform. Among the many projects for which she collaborated with the VMC Foundation, she was part of the interdisciplinary team that secured a $600,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to reduce the risk of readmission for heart failure patients.
To honor Dionette, the VMC Foundation has established a memorial fund in her honor. Donations are tax-deductible and will benefit general education programs at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
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