UT Health Physicians

Gold Shield Clinical Award 2023

Congratulations to Leslie Villarreal, RN, Nurse Navigator at Mays Cancer Center for winning the FY23 Gold Shield Clinical Award. 

The following is a patient care experience that exemplifies why Villarreal deserves this outstanding award and recognition:  

“Leslie an invaluable resource for the Head and Neck team. She moves heaven and earth to coordinate the complex care of patients who need to traverse multiple specialties, arranging transportation, nutrition consultations, tumor board discussions, and much more. She always goes above and beyond. In once extreme instance she, she witnessed a patient falling while crossing the street. She witnessed this from the 3rd floor of the cancer center and proceeded to sprint downstairs and outside, stabilize the patient, get her into a wheelchair, did a safety assessment, and comforted the patient and caregiver in one dynamic swoop. She is truly amazing and patient-centered. Her care extends well beyond her responsibilities!” -Walter Allan Fink, Chief Medical Officer

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