Lois Erquiaga has provided clinical social services at Battle Mountain General Hospital since 2008. Her great efforts have been patient focused as she utilizes her skills in the rural health clinic, long-term care and critical access hospital which includes the emergency department. Without hesitation, she involves herself in some of the most difficult personal situations and does so with such kindness and gentleness. She is able to quickly earn the trust and respect of the patients, allowing her to work with their most sensitive issues. She is a great community advocate and is constantly involved in projects to improve the community she calls home. Her efforts to establish a community-based hospice service has been invaluable as she seeks to care for those that struggle with the death and dying processes. She pursues improvements in the behavioral health services which are offered in Nevada’s rural and frontier counties. For two years, she served on the recently established Nevada Rural Behavioral Health Policy Board. While serving on this board, she worked to address the need for behavioral health professionals, transportation resources and community education opportunities. Ms. Erquiaga is energetic about assisting and mentoring students into the field of social work and with excitement, welcomes students into her practice to allow them to experience the greatness of her profession. She was nominated as she exemplifies unselfishness and the sincere desire to care for those around her.
— Nominations for Celebrating Social Work Leaders Awards, March 10, 2020