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Program Staff

UCLA Companion Care Program Staff

David Reuben, MD is Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research focuses on improving the quality of care that older persons receive. Dr. Reuben sustains professional interests in clinical care, education, research and administrative aspects of geriatrics, maintaining a clinical primary care practice of frail older persons and attending on inpatient and geriatric units at UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica.

Elaine Eastwood is a UCLA graduate in English Literature and has been SM- UCLA Volunteer Manager since 2007. Elaine was most recently the Concierge and Volunteer Services Manager at Century City Doctors Hospital. Prior to that she has ten years of hospitality experience as a Les Clefs D'Or Chef Concierge and has opened such luxury hotels as Shutters on the Beach and JW Le Merigot Hotel and Spa in Santa Monica. Elaine is the editor of the Auxiliary Newsletter.

Stephanie Hinojosa has served as Manager of the Care Extender intern program since September of 2013. She is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Southern California. In her current role she is working alongside the Companion Care team to ensure both volunteer programs contribute to the success of the Geriatric unit.

Emi Kamiya, MBA is Chief of Administrative Staff for UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Administrator over Nuclear Medicine for both Santa Monica and Westwood Campuses. She is currently focusing on projects related to Operations, Process Improvement, Strategic Growth and the Patient Experience. A Los Angeles native and University of California alumnus, Emi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego and MBA from the University of California Irvine.

Anila Ladak, RN, MSN, GNP-BC is a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Geriatric Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She graduated from UCLA with a Master’s degree in Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Anila is responsible for training and supervising nursing staff so they can provide comprehensive and specialized care to the hospitalized geriatric patients. UCLA’s geriatric unit embraces a culture of sensitivity to the unique needs of older adults, and uses a multidisciplinary team approach to meet the complex needs of the patients. The Geriatric team partners with the patients and families to provide the best possible patient experience. Anila assists with the Companion Care program development with a goal of preparing volunteers to be a part of the geriatric team. Volunteers can help provide companionship to patients through social interaction/attention and sensory stimulation activities. Anila supports volunteer training and provides supervision to ensure that the patients receive exceptional care and volunteers have a satisfying experience.

Pedro Jimenez is a Program Representative at the UCLA Division of Geriatrics. He currently assists in managing the Companion Care Program at the Santa Monica Hospital, and the TimeOut program held at the Culver City Senior Center. He is working towards achieving the goal of expanding the Companion Care Program to 200 volunteers in order to assist the patients and staff of the Santa Monica Hospital Geriatric Unit. Pedro was born and raised in Inglewood, California, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies with an emphasis in labor, law, and policy studies.

Rose Sharpley, RN-BC, BSN is the Assistant Unit Director on the acute inpatient Geriatric Unit in Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. Rose has worked in the geriatric specialty for 5 years, and attained Board Certification in Gerontology in 2013. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota and started her career as a Registered Nurse in 2006 at the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

Rose is excited to be involved in such a wonderful and important program for our hospitalized elders. She has assisted in the planning phases and the roll out of the new Companion Care Program. She currently attends the regular meetings and actively participates in the maintenance of the program.

Silva Thomas

Valerie Yeo, RN, MSN, NE-BC