For Immediate Release

Amie Boersma
(310) 413-0269

El Segundo, Calif., July 25, 2017 – Avanti Hospitals was proud to support six of its nurses in their mission trip to assist Nicaraguan volunteer nurses and doctors this Summer.

Octavio Cisneros, Kirk Gran, Jocelyn Navera, Monica Canlas, Nancy Hernandez and Brian Lindholm, packed light and traveled to a remote region in Nicaragua to serve. The volunteers worked with Nicaraguan volunteer nurses and doctors completing fifteen surgeries, fourteen endoscopies, a variety of screenings in remote villages, and the training of fifty volunteer firefighters in CPR and trauma response. “Personally, it made me realize how much we have that we do not appreciate, while others go without even the most basic needs and are happy and content. It made me humble,” said Monica Canlas, RN, BSN, and Director of Nursing at Avanti’s Coast Plaza Hospital. “I am grateful that my presence made a difference to someone, but the truth is that they have touched my life in so many ways.”

“I’ve led a lot of volunteer excursions,” said Ken Cohen, Director of Community Development at Paladin Healthcare Management. “This group was remarkable; they never complained, rose to every challenge, and connected with patients and the communities with grace and humility.”

This is the second group of nurses that served in Nicaragua. “Avanti is proud to be a part of such a worthwhile effort” said Michael Rembis, FACHE, Corporate Chief Executive Officer of Avanti. “We are incredibly proud of the volunteers for their courage, commitment and service.”

About Avanti Hospitals

The Avanti Hospitals, LLC system consists of Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Coast Plaza Hospital, East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, and Community Hospital of Huntington Park. All four acute care hospitals are located near Los Angeles, California. Avanti’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare services to their community with consistency and compassion, which they achieve by focusing on hospitals in underserved areas that will benefit from this strategy. For more information, visit

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