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Henry Mayo Employees Receive Annual Social Worker Awards

Henry Mayo Employees Receive Annual Social Worker Awards

Valencia, CA (August 21, 2020) – Two Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital social workers have recently received recognition for excelling in their respective fields.

Elizabeth Tarantini, Henry Mayo’s Clinical Social Work Supervisor, was named Social Worker of the Year 2020 by a local social workers organization.Tarantini, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, was selected for this honor in March 2020 by the Santa Clarita unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) California Chapter, Region G. Notably, Tarantini was recently named Social worker of the Year on the state level. According the Santa Clarita NASW, “Her peers and colleagues nominated Elizabeth for Social Worker of the Year with several letters of nomination. She has been licensed for over 20 years, providing ethical and compassionate service in our community to diverse and multicultural populations. She has been extraordinarily active in reaching out to physicians and community providers to provide training on postpartum depression. She is on the faculty at Cal State Northridge in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. She also has developed and implemented the annual Henry Mayo Helping Families Program. Tarantini also started the SCAN team at Henry Mayo coordinating and educating members and community providers to increase identification and response to suspected child abuse and neglect. Finally, Elizabeth was recently awarded a Henry Mayo Service Excellence Award.”

Leslie Ro, a former MSW Intern at Henry Mayo, was recently named Social Work MSW Student of the Year 2020 by the Santa Clarita NASW unit. According the Santa Clarita NASW, “The patients Ro supports rely on her for support and expertise, Her ideas are progressive and innovative in the area of Maternal Mental health. Leslie is also extremely well received by patients and families of critically ill patients who are in the Henry Mayo Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care unit at Henry May. She is confident, caring and respected by staff and families alike. She has the true qualities of a social worker beyond her years of experience.”

Santa Clarita NASW is a local group of social workers within the NASW California Chapter; Region G. The National Association of Social Workers is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW serves social workers in 55 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and abroad. NASW was formed in 1955 through a merger of seven predecessor social work organizations to carry out three responsibilities: strengthen and unify the profession, promote the development of social work practice, advance sound social policies. Promoting high standards of practice and protecting the consumer of services are major association principles.

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. National Professional Social Work Month in March is an opportunity for social workers around the nation and world and their supporters to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession.

To learn more about the National Association of Social Workers – California Chapter, please visit


ABOUT HENRY MAYOABOUT HENRY MAYOHenry Mayo Newhall Hospital is a 357-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving the Santa Clarita Valley since 1975. The hospital recently opened a new patient tower that includes 90 private patient rooms and a new Center for Women and Newborns, also with all private rooms. Henry Mayo is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and a STEMI Receiving Center. The hospital features state-of-the-art inpatient facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit, catheterization lab, infusion center, breast center and an outpatient surgery center. Additional services include cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, maternity, surgery, nursing, wound care, spine and joint, behavioral health, and acute rehab, as well as cancer, imaging, lab, digestive, respiratory services and physical and occupational therapies. Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is located at 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2083. For more information, visit or call 661.200.2000.


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