Tuesday, June 15, 2021



Valley west employee wins new car

Valley West certified nurse’s aide, Teresa Lopez-Plascencia, is cheered by her coworkers on Thursday after becoming the first Northern California Sun Mar employee to win a new car.

A Colusa woman’s holidays got a bit brighter on Thursday after winning a new Ford Ecosport. 

Teresa Lopez-Plascencia, a certified nurse’s aide at Valley West, in Williams, was at work when she heard her name announced during a live drawing held by Sun Mar Healthcare. 

Sun Mar, owner of six skilled nursing homes in Northern California and 25 nursing care facilities in Southern California, drew the names of two employees, one from both regions. 

“I can’t believe this,” said Lopez-Plascencia, after setting eyes on her new Royal Blue subcompact SUV, from Ron DuPratt Ford, in Dixon, which was waiting for her outside the E Street nursing home. “This is so great.” 

Plascencia’s co-workers cheered as she was also presented with balloons and a bouquet of flowers, in addition to the keys to the new car. 

Sun Mar Healthcare is a long-term care privately owned advisory and services organization that has been in business over 30 years. 

The company has given away a new car for more than a dozen years in Southern California. 

This was the first year the company offered its Northern California employees an opportunity to win a new car, largely as a way to express their appreciation for their employees’ dedication as front line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It gives people a chance to celebrate some really hard work and be excited, even during an excrediblity trying and difficult year,” said Bryce Porter, chief marketing director. “It gives them a moment to forget everything that is going on and cheer on their co-workers and celebrate.” 

And celebrate with Lopez-Plascencia they did. 

“We are so happy for her,” said Mirian Obioha, Valley West Director of Nurses. “And having this come here this year is a blessing to all the nurses, especially this year.”

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