Remembering Dionette Kelton
Dionette Kelton was something special.
A long-time VMC nurse and most recently the Director of Care Management, her unexpected passing was a shock to us all. The depth of her career accomplishments is only exceeded by the number of people who came to see her as a friend, mentor and leader. Dionette personified the spirit and can-do attitude that makes VMC such a remarkable institution.
Her VMC career began 28 years ago as an health aide while simultaneously attending the San Jose State University School of Nursing. On becoming an RN, she quickly grew into her role as a clinical leader as the Nurse Manager for the TCNU and later the Medical Short Stay Unit.
As Director of Care Management, Dionette was on the front lines of transforming VMC as it prepares for healthcare reform. Among the many projects for which she collaborated with the VMC Foundation, she was part of the interdisciplinary team that secured a $600,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to reduce the risk of readmission for heart failure patients.
To honor Dionette, the VMC Foundation has established a memorial fund in her honor. Donations are tax-deductible and will benefit general education programs at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
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Dionette was a remarkable woman, with a passion for nursing and a passion for VMC. She will be missed.
Dionette was more than just my cousin. She was my friend who I loved and respected immensely. Her “can do” attitude and amazing skill set in dealing with a wide variety of people (while always thinking of what is best for patients) made her a true asset to Valley Medical Center. These amazing traits in her professional career were only over-shadowed by her amazing heart and compassion towards others. My wife and I will truly miss her and feel very lucky that she was part of our family and was our friend.