Elmhurst Memorial Honors Emergency Medical Service Providers
ELMHURST – On September 25, Elmhurst Memorial held a recognition dinner to honor and recognize emergency medical services (EMS) personnel for their amazing service in the field. This event was the culmination of this past year’s Run of the Month program, in which each month a team of area paramedics is recognized for an exceptional ambulance run with a breakfast at their station.
The teams are selected based on the following criteria: excellent communication from the field, excellent work in the gathering of information, clear and thorough documentation, superior clinical assessment skills, heroic behavior in the field, and superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Michelle Meziere, EMS Medical Director, was on hand to announce the EMS Run of the Year which was presented to the Oak Brook Fire Department for helping to save the life a Merrill Lynch employee who had suffered a heart attack at work in August of 2012. “The partnership we have with the area EMS teams, who continually provide excellent care in the field and thorough communication with our caregivers in the Emergency Department every day, helps us all fulfill the same mission…to provide the best care possible to our community,” said Meziere.
During the dinner held at the Oak Brook Pinstripes, the stations which had each received a Run of the Month award during the year were honored. They were:
· Addison Fire Protection District
· Bellwood Fire Department
· Elmhurst fire Department
· Hillside Fire Department
· Illinois State Police District 15
· Lombard Fire Protection District
· Oak Brook fire Department
· Villa Park Fire Department
Here is a recap of the amazing work the teams exhibited over the past year:
- The July 2012 Run of the Month went to the Elmhurst Fire Department and the team of Gina Knight, Jeremy Simonell and Kevin Smith. They are to be commended on their successful resuscitation of a 25-year-old man in a Lombard house fire. The patient was stabilized at Elmhurst Memorial and later transported to the Loyola Burn Unit but eventually made it back home.
- Oak Brook Fire Department paramedics Jake Arzer, Robert Micek, Michael Erickson and David Corkey helped save the life of a 65-year-old Merrill Lynch employee who had collapsed at work. Upon arrival, the paramedics found the man’s coworkers had administered AED and were performing CPR. The paramedics found he was in Vfib so they administered AED and started CPR again. The team continued to perform lifesaving care enroute to the hospital where the patient then had an AICD surgically placed and was discharged home three days later. This team’s work on a difficult case is to be commended as they did an amazing job from beginning to end. The ED physicians who cared for this patient were very impressed with the pre-hospital care that took place. The Oak Brook team not only received the August 2012 Run of the Month award but were selected as the 2013 Run of the Year recipients.
- The September 2012 Run of the Month helped save a 47-year-old man who had just finished refereeing a soccer game. The quick work of Hillside Fire Department EMS personnel Ryan Wyckoff and David Buie and their communication with the Emergency staff notifying them of a cardiac alert led to a door to balloon time of 24 minutes (the shortest to date at that time).
- The October 2012 Run of the Month went to State Trooper Jason Bradley who went above and beyond the call of duty to help save a life until paramedics could arrive on the scene. Trooper Bradley risked his life by crossing the southbound lanes of 294 to apply an AED and oral airway on an unresponsive man until the Berkeley paramedics arrived. The patient is alive today due to the quick thinking of trooper Bradley.
- The November 2012 Run of the Month went to Lombard medics Joe Sharkand Michael Fetzer who were commended for their efficient use of resources which led to the determination of stroke symptoms, when they were called to an office to treat a confused man in November. Their communication with the hospital enabled the ED staff to be better prepared prior to the patient’s arrival.
- The December 2012 Run of the Month went to Elmhurst paramedics Danielle Fernandez and Sarah Stephan along with firefighter/EMTs Steve Witt, Darlene Huntington and Paul Robertson came to the aid of a 70-year-old man who had fallen down the stairs. A 12-lead EKG showed he had suffered an acute MI which led to the fall. The hospital was notified of an incoming cardiac alert. Their diligence in determining the cause of the fall helped get this patient to CT quickly. The patient was discharged after an angiogram and stent placement.
- The January 2013 Run of the Month helped save the life of a 52-year-old man who had suffered a cardiac arrest in front of PACE Bus. When Firefighters/EMTs Darlene Huntinghouse, Paul Robertson, Steven Witt and paramedics Danielle Fernandez and Sarah Stephan arrived on the scene, an Elmhurst police officer and a bystander were performing CPR. The team took over the care of this patient and transported the man to the hospital where was able to walk out on his own a week later after receiving a pacemaker.
- The Bellwood Fire Department, and in particular paramedics Michael Cesario and Antonio Wilson, were honored with the February 2013 Run of the Month for their thoroughness and attention to detail. They assisted a 31-year-old woman who was suffering from shortness of breath following dialysis. Due to her history with chronic renal failure, they performed a detailed onsite exam paying close attention to their documentation.
- The March 2013 Run of the Month was given to the Oak Brook Fire Department who responded to a 911 call to a parking lot where a woman had been bumped by an SUV causing her to lose her balance and fall backwards hitting her head. The team immediately initiated c-spine procedures followed by ALS procedures since she was bleeding and taking Coumadin. Their diligence in questioning bystanders at the scene was very helpful in determining what had occurred. The woman was able to be discharged home a week later. Medics Daniel Meyers, Robert Ebsen, Brian Bitterlan and George Grodek handled this call.
- The April Run of the Month was presented to the Addison Fire Protection District. Paramedics Ronald Nettleingham, Keith Wright, Mike Crivellone, Greg Hamm and Michael Polizzi were dispatched to a local residence where a 76-year-old woman was having a possible stroke. Paramedics found the woman semi-conscious but unresponsive and exhibiting a facial droop on one side. They alerted Elmhurst Memorial of a stroke alert. Their diligence in noticing stroke-like symptoms on the scene was key to enabling the ER team to give this patient TPA within 60 minutes of her arrival.
- On May 13, 2013, Villa Park paramedics Matthew Sauter, Jeffery Sparger andChrisGilliland and paramedic student Daniel Rooney, responded to a call for an unresponsive 59-year-old woman with circumstances which made intubation very difficult. This crew provided fantastic care at the scene and prepared our ED staff for the situation ahead of time which is they were presented with the May 2013 Run of the Month.
- A Villa Park man is alive today due to the efforts of Villa Park paramedics Frank Reposh, Matthew Sauter, Jeffrey Willoit, Brandan Mitsuka, Ken Charapato and Robert Olmstead and paramedic student Joseph Johnson, recipients of the June 2013 Run of the Month. The team found the 56-year-old man unresponsive on his bedroom floor. The patient went into VFib twice at the scene with ACLS protocols followed. A 12-lead EKG was performed and a cardiac alert was communicated to the emergency department. Due to this team’s excellent care, fantastic communication at the scene and treatment at the hospital, the patient was discharged home on June 2.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) is now a part of a new health system created by the merger of EMH and Edward Hospital. This system includes three hospitals, 50 locations, 7,700 employees and 1,700 staff physicians who provide comprehensive healthcare to 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, founded in 1926, opened a new, 866,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in 2011, with 259 private patient rooms, a modern emergency department and technologically advanced surgical suites. For more information, visit www.emhc.org.
Edward Hospital in Naperville, established in 1907, has 309 private patient rooms and offers advanced cardiac care at Edward Heart Hospital, the most up-to-date cancer diagnosis and treatment at Edward Cancer Center and world class stroke care through the Edward Neurosciences Institute. For more information, visit www.edward.org.
Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward’s Naperville campus with outpatient locations in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Woodridge and Yorkville. For more information, visit www.edward.org/lindenoaks.