It’s A Family Affair – The Ferrers
Santa Clarita resident Lisa Ferrer-Jones has worked at the Henry Mayo Hospital for nearly three decades managing the medical staff office. Her oldest son, Frank Ferrer, began working at the same hospital 10 years ago as a transporter and is currently a respiratory therapist. Joseph Ferrer followed in his brother’s footsteps and has been a transporter at the Henry Mayo Hospital for two years. For Lisa and her two sons, working at the Henry Mayo Hospital is a family affair, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Throughout his time at the hospital, Frank has formed close bonds with the medical staff and helped lay down the foundation for his younger brother to follow. “We grew up in that hospital. Now my little brother works here. Everybody knows who my mom is, especially with her dealing with all the doctors so closely. And then coming into it, I knew all the doctors. They’ve seen me grow from a young child to who I am today, and the same with my little brother. It’s nice to see a lot of the same nurses and a lot of the other people who watched us grow up in this hospital. I started in the same division Joseph started in. I was a transporter, then became ward clerk, and then while I was working, went to school for respiratory.” Frank continues, “We’ve done everything at that hospital. Both of my kids were delivered there, and the lactation consultant actually pushed my wife into wanting to be one herself.”
Lisa couldn’t be prouder of the men her sons have grown into and credits the doctors for their influence in both sons’ career paths. “The doctors became mentors towards them and actually helped them make their decisions on their careers. With Frankie being a ward clerk in the ICU, he was around a lot of pulmonary doctors who guided him into being a respiratory therapist. Joey is in transport right now, and of course the doctors do the same thing, trying to push him into the right career. Joey is now in respiratory therapy school, so he’s following in his brother’s footsteps.” Lisa adds, “That’s the one thing about Henry Mayo; it is very family oriented. Being there for so long, you just know everybody. It’s a wonderful place.”
After the passing of their father in 2005, who worked at the hospital in the telecommunications department for a little over a year, Frank and Joseph watched as their mother dealt with the tragic loss and have been inspired by her strength and patience. “She’s impacted us quite a bit,” Frank explains. “We’ve seen her go from having two parents down to one, losing a loved one, losing a father, and having to take both roles on. For us to see where she’s grown in her career and everything else, it makes us feel good and makes us want to grow in our field as well.”
Lisa, who is happily remarried, reflects on the hardships her family has faced and what it has meant to stay strong for her family. “I think every negative piece of your life gives you strength to just move forward. When you have two children, you become a survivor and you must do what’s right. You don’t really have a choice in that matter. You just have to stay strong, keep them on the right path, keep your fingers crossed, and hope for the best.”
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