CKS College has not heard much from our next frontliner since she graduated from high school in 1998. But as this feature story is written, we are truly proud of her accomplishments, having earned two masters degrees related to health services (Master in Public Health and Master of Hospital Administration) and having been promoted from the ranks to become one of the prominent medical technologists in Caloocan City.
Mary Grace Tan-Santillan, RMT, MPH, MHA (陳麗華) of CKS high school batch 1998 is currently Medical Technologist IV at the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium in Tala, Caloocan, where she has been in service since 2011.
Like many other medical frontliners, the fear for her own health and that of her family is not stopping her from fulfilling her professional oath and responsibility to her countrymen. That, despite the fact that it is her job to take blood samples from COVID-19 patients and test them. And the stress doubles up since they do not have enough PPEs in their facility, being a government hospital.
But she said CKS College has taught her well when she was young, learning such values as integrity, perseverance, and stewardship. These values helped her to continue doing service to the populace, especially during this pandemic crisis.
"Everyone of us has a substantial part in this pandemic situation, in your own little yet significant way, be of help to your fellow countrymen who are in need.", she reminded.
Thank you, Mary Grace, and continue shining through the dark clouds of COVID-19.