Kaiser Permanente Gaithersburg Medical Center
Kevin Mempin has been a registered nurse with the Kaiser Permanente Gaithersburg Medical Center for five years, including the past three years as lead nurse in the Orthopedic Surgery Department, and the 30-year-old said his late father, who was also a nurse, would be proud.
“My father was working all the time when I was growing up and I didn’t see the value in his strong work ethic until I got older,” said Mempin, who has an associate’s degree in nursing from Montgomery College and is pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Chamberlain University. “He had a profound impact on me. His generosity and positive attitude were unmatched and my goal is to continue his legacy.”
Francisco Mempin trained as a nurse in the Navy and after serving in Operation Desert Storm, he worked mostly night shifts at hospitals, including more than 10 years at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. The divorced father worked nights so he could take care of his two children, Kevin and his sister, Christy Mempin, now a registered nurse at Children’s National Hospital in Washington.
Kevin Mempin pursued nursing because of his father’s influence and a health careers program in high school. “The program helped me understand the caring nature you have to have to be successful. I knew then that I wanted to help people.”
Today, he ensures that surgical and pre- and post-operative care are coordinated in his department, working with the doctors, nurses and other departments. Before Kaiser Permanente, he worked in a nursing home and primary care office for about one year each. “I never forget that we are patient advocates first and foremost.”
Mempin is quick to deflect the spotlight as the pandemic grips the nation. “There are nurses all over the world doing incredible work. I believe all health care workers and first responders are heroes because they find the courage to go to work every day saving lives.”