When he was told about a “surprise” at work, Cameron Pila was ecstatic. His first thought was that the new beds for the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) were being delivered. But to his surprise, he was recognized as the Employee of the Month for October. (And yes, the beds are being delivered this month, too.)
Always thinking of patients first, Cameron’s passion for service, caring and excellence stands out in the ICU. His nominator described him as “very knowledgeable about his unit” and one of the “most dedicated employees.”
“He sacrifices his own breaks to take care of patients and assist staff,” the nominator said. “When my patient gives me a squeeze in the hand or a pat on the back as a sign of gratitude, it feels good,” Cameron said. “My whole job is all about seeing a patient at the grocery store or at the beach looking healthy and happy.”
Cameron started out in Kuakini as a part-time Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the ICU and the Medical/Surgical department in 2006. He eventually moved to a fulltime position as a Healthcare Technician in the ICU in 2008. In addition to CNA duties such as bathing, cleaning, and fixing beds, he is responsible for setting up and preparing all instruments and supplies for bedside procedures such as arterial or chest tube insertion, or a tracheostomy (a procedure that creates a surgical airway in the trachea) or thoracentesis (a procedure that removes excess fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall). When needed, he serves as an assistant to the attending physician.
“In the ICU, doctors and nurses work together. There are no egos, our common denominator is patient care,” he said. “Everybody works with everybody else. We are like family.”
Cameron found himself at Kuakini after his father’s physician, who was on Kuakini’s medical staff, “ordered” him to become a CNA and apply at Kuakini, seeing that he took care of his dad very well. Cameron has not looked back since then.
“I’m on the path I’m supposed to take,” he said, humbled and pleased at the recognition. “There are other employees that are more deserving, but I’m thankful.”
Cameron plays golf at the Ala Wai Golf Course or Makalena Golf Course in Waipahu twice a month, and takes a walk three times a week to keep himself healthy.