Clovis Community nurse selected as Ultimate recipient

Bob Putnam left Oahu, Hawaii for a job at Clovis Community Medical Center in 2002 as a registered nurse and house supervisor. Seven years later, he’s established a reputation for being one of the most dependable employees at the hospital.

And now, he’s also been selected as one of the Ultimate People of 2009.

This is Community Medical Foundation’s first year of the Ultimate People program created to honor employees and physicians of Community Medical Centers who have distinguished themselves with service to Community and the Foundation.
Putnam is noted by his peers as a strong leader in clinical operations, and for his rapport with staff and managerial patient flow skills, along with flexibility.

“As a member of the selection committee, I was impressed,” said Melissa Der Manouel, Legacy Council Chair. “When he is called upon, he is competent, friendly and always eager to help.”

Putnam said he is flattered to be chosen as one of the Ultimate People.

“Most of us work hard, trying to do our best every day, without expectation of any special recognition,” Putnam said. “I get thanks from people that I work with daily and every once in a while, a kind call or note from a grateful patient. That’s enough for me.”

Putnam can rarely be found in his office because he prefers to spend his days on the floor supporting patients, his fellow co-workers and physicians.

“From the first day I came to work [at Clovis Community], I could sense it was a special place,” he said. It was a fairly small, local hospital with a heart and dream of becoming something more.

“It is so satisfying to see that vision starting to take shape. As the hospital grows, so does my job and so do I.”

Clovis Community is a 109-bed, acute-care facility offering an array of medical and surgical treatments. The hospital broke ground in September on Phase 1 of a two-part project that includes a $20 million, 22,500-square-foot expansion of its outpatient care center.

Putnam says the people at Community are like family to him.

“I have shared with them triumphs that can only be classified as heroic,” Putnam said. “This is my front row seat to this incredible human drama that keeps me coming back to my job.  It is the support and friendship of my fellow co-workers that allow me to do it without falling apart.”

“My co-workers will go above and beyond for me because they know I will do the same for them, he said. The phrase, “that’s not my job” is not part of my vocabulary.”

This story was reported by Joann Mercado.  She can be reached at