GLENDALE -- For Wilma Segedi and Sam Carvajal, one of the best aspects
of working at Glendale Adventist Medical Center for the past 40 years has
been the people.
Whether it’s a doctor, nurse, other staff member or patient, Segedi
and Carvajal both credit their longevity at the center to the others
“I am impressed that there are always people there to help,” Segedi
said, herself a benefactor of that help many times.
In her 40 years at the center, she has worked in two departments that
closed -- including the laundry department. She is now an EKG technician
in cardiology, thanks to fellow staff members who were able to direct her
to other openings.
Carvajal’s 40 years have been spent almost entirely in management. He
is now the director of the radiology, cardiology and laboratory
departments at the center, and said one of the most rewarding experiences
has been the opportunities to improve those departments.
He helped secure a CT scanner, a spiral CT scanner and an R2
technology image checker for the center. The R2 machine, used for early
detection of breast cancer, is the only one of its kind in Los Angeles
Of his duties, Carvajal said that radiology has become his “passion.”
“I fell in love with radiology,” he said. “It’s an incredible
challenge, but I have truly enjoyed my activities in the department.”
Both his children were born at the center, and his son is a surgeon
there. His daughter-in-law is a nurse in the neonatal intensive care
unit, and his wife volunteers at the gift shop one day a week.
Segedi and Carvajal will be honored at an awards banquet Tuesday,
along with other employees who have worked at the center from five to 35
Neither Segedi or Carvajal have plans to retire any time in the