New Employees at Utah Navajo Health System Inc.
Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. has three new employees working at it’s Monument Valley Community Health Center, including two new Medical Screeners and one new member of the Patient Registration Team.
Brenda Vijil began working as a Medical Screener and Medical Assistant in April, returning to UNHS after a four-year absence. She originally worked for UNHS as a Medical Assistant in 2013 at the Montezuma Creek Community Health Center. This was after she received her Associates of Science Degree and Medical Assistant Certification from Utah State University Eastern – Blanding Campus. She left UNHS to take a Medical Tech position at an Assisted Living facility in the Salt Lake City area, where she worked until her new position with UNHS became available.
Brenda said she learned a lot from her work at Montezuma Creek and at the Assisted Living facility, but when the opportunity to move home presented itself, she couldn’t resist the chance to work and live around her family again.
She was born and raised in Monument Valley and attended school in Kayenta, Arizona. She graduated from Monument Valley High School, in Kayenta, in 2006. Most of her family, including her parents, four sisters and three brothers, live nearby and her two children – her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter – are glad to be back around their family.
“I love UNHS,” Brenda said. “I’m learning a lot and I hope to start as an ambulance driver soon just to see what EMT’s do. I’m thinking about taking an EMT class soon and becoming an EMT.”
She’s also considering a return to school to continue her nursing studies at some point. When she’s not working, Brenda enjoys weight lifting and camping, hiking with her sisters and just spending time with her kids and other family members.
Clayton Benally also joined UNHS as a Medical Screener in April. A native of Sweetwater, Arizona, Clayton attended Red Mesa High School and graduated in 2011. He now lives in Aneth, Utah.
After graduating from high school, Clayton attended Utah State University Eastern – Blanding to study nursing. He left school early and returned to Red Mesa, working as an ambulance driver. He later attended Navajo Technical University, in Crown Point, New Mexico, and received a certificate in carpentry and welding. After completing his studies at NTU he took his carpentry and welding skills to Oklahoma and worked construction for almost a year, before returning to Montezuma Creek.
Clayton became an EMT in 2013, after completing the EMT course with San Juan County. He later joined UNHS EMS as an EMT and patient transport driver in 2014.
“Since I was young, and I’d hear the ambulance go by, I thought that was cool and I told myself, ‘I want to drive one of those,’” Clayton said. “Then, when I saw what went on in the back of the ambulance with the patients, I wanted to do that. Step by step I became an EMT.”
Clayton is now working on his Advanced Life Support EMT certification and plans to become a Paramedic one day. He recently branched out and joined the Montezuma Creek Fire Department and looks forward to his training as a firefighter.
Clayton has two sisters and five brothers, most of whom live in the Blanding, Red Mesa, Bluff area. He has one sister who lives in Salt Lake City. In his spare time Clayton loves weight lifting and all outdoor activities.
Latoya Begay is the newest member of the Monument Valley Patient Registration Team and she said she’s already learned a lot about her new job.
Born and raised in Monument Valley, Latoya graduated from Monument Valley High School in 2003. She then moved to St. George, Utah, where she lived for ten years. During that time she attended Dixie State College and studied to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also worked full-time at the Target store in St. George. She later attended CollegeAmerica, in Flag-staff, Arizona, and became a certified Phlebotomist in 2012. Latoya returned to St. George, where she lived and did volunteer work, until learning about the patient registration position in Monument Valley.
“I was looking for a job and learned about this job on Facebook,” she explained. She started with UNHS on April 18.
Latoya said she’s glad she and her husband Rosston (a native of Tsaile, Arizona) were able to return to Monument Valley. She’s happy to be close to her mother and her family, again. Being in St. George for so long kept her away from her mother, but now she spends a lot of her spare time helping her mother around the house and spending time with mom and her four sisters. She’s also enjoying her new position.
“I have a lot to learn. I like meeting people and the girls I work with are great. And they’re patient enough to teach me. I’ve learned a lot already,” Latoya said.
UNHS is glad to welcome Brenda, Clayton and Latoya to the family, and we wish them all well in their new positions. Make them feel at home and tell them hello when you see them.