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Passion for patient care puts Ontario hospital in elite company

Registered nurses Juanita Lopez (left) and Kayla McPheeters brief Dina Ellwanger on overnight activities in the obstetrics department on Wednesday, May 26. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – The nurses in the emergency department appeared drained from their overnight shift at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario.

They and the doctors had a busy night on a recent Tuesday – 32 patients flowed through.

As they prepared to turn over patient care to their daytime colleagues, a familiar face showed at about 6:30 a.m.

Dina Ellwanger, the hospital president and herself a registered nurse, asked how the night had gone.

The nurses, fatigue in their faces, knew they were talking to one of their own. But they also knew they were talking to an executive who would listen and act.

Ellwanger picked . . .