Diamond Discovery: Going Above and Beyond

Imagine the scenario. It’s nearly noon and you’ve been in back-to-back meetings since 7 a.m. Suddenly, you realize the diamond in your wedding ring is gone. Considering you’ve been on the move for nearly five hours and how vast the Nebraska Medicine campus is – you’re probably going into panic mode, right? That was the... Read more »
Mailan Alvarenga, senior associate, Patient Area Services, is being celebrated for finding Julie Lazure’s lost diamond. Alvarenga simply says, “Every day, we try to do the best we can.”

Mailan Alvarenga, senior associate, Patient Area Services, is being celebrated for finding Julie Lazure’s lost diamond. Alvarenga simply says, “Every day, we try to do the best we can.”

Imagine the scenario. It’s nearly noon and you’ve been in back-to-back meetings since 7 a.m. Suddenly, you realize the diamond in your wedding ring is gone. Considering you’ve been on the move for nearly five hours and how vast the Nebraska Medicine campus is – you’re probably going into panic mode, right?

That was the situation Julie Lazure, executive director, Adult Acute Care, found herself in on Jan. 16.

“I had been all over campus, the diamond could’ve been anywhere,” Lazure says. “This would be like finding a needle in a haystack.”

Lazure enlisted the help of administrative assistants on Kiewit Tower, level 3, which is where she was when she made the discovery.

“My assistant, Leslie Rock, began retracing my steps. She called EVS right away, as she knew they were dedicated to keeping the entire organization clean and if anyone would happen to find a shiny stone, it would be them,” Lazure says.

That’s where Mailan Alvarenga, senior associate, Patient Area Services, enters the story. Her manager, Mark Digilio, asked her to go down to Learning Resource Center and look for the lost diamond.

“The carpet in that room is blue,” Alvarenga says. “So I was hoping the diamond would reflect off the carpet.”

After walking around the room for about 15 minutes or so, Alvarenga says she went and stood in the doorway and scanned the room.

“I saw something on the table,” she remembers. “I said ‘what’s this?’ I had never seen a loose diamond before!”

Alvarenga found Digilio and showed him her discovery.

“Mark called me and said they wanted to vacuum my office in hopes of finding the diamond,” says Lazure. “When they arrived, they said ‘is this your diamond?’ I was amazed and absolutely grateful to the entire EVS staff, but especially to Mailin. She is clearly one of the special people who make a difference in our organization. I have a new friend!”

Julie Lazure

Executive Director

Adult Acute Care

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