For 15 years, Claudio Martinez worked in the Endoscopy Department for Rideout
Memorial Hospital, assisting physicians with colonoscopies and various
other endoscopic procedures. A year ago, he transferred to the Feather
River Surgery Center as an Operating Room Technician.
"I love working with the staff at the Surgery Center where we perform
same-day surgery procedures, but I still help out in Endoscopy whenever
needed because I want to make things better for everyone," Claudio
notes. "I decided to become an OR Tech because I've always liked
helping people. It's a good feeling to know I'm making a difference
for our patients - it's very rewarding."
Born in Mexico as the second oldest in a family of seven siblings, Claudio
moved with his family to Yuba City when he was 8 years old. He entered
the third grade not speaking a word of English. "Fortunately, Cedar
Lane School had some good bilingual teachers," he says. "That
is when I started learning to speak English."
At age 18, Claudio graduated from Lindhurst High School. His parents and
siblings could not attend his graduation as they had moved back to Mexico.
"Luckily, I had a couple of high school counselors who looked out
for me, and I could go to them if I needed advice," he recalls.
After high school, Claudio worked at various jobs for a couple of years
before joining Fremont-Rideout in 1987. He worked his way up to a position
in Central Supply a few years later. "About that time, I met my wife," he
notes. "She encouraged me to go on to school and learn the 'tools'
for becoming a surgical scrub technician. I
went to school during the day and then worked the night shift. I was away
from home so much that my dog didn't even know me anymore."
Claudio spends most of his spare time with his wife Sally and their four
sons, ages 19, 15, 13 and 11. "These days, since it's football
season, I spend a lot of time taking my 15-year-old to football practices
and attending his games," he says. "As for my oldest son, he
is attending Yuba College, and I hope he will consider pursuing a career
in medicine - perhaps nursing - since it would be nice to have him working
for Fremont-Rideout also."