Elmhurst Hospital’s April 2015 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) “Run of the Month” has been awarded to members of the Elmhurst Fire and Police Departments and the Oakbrook Terrace Police Department for their efforts in rescuing a man who accidentally drove his car into a retention pond.
The man’s rescue from the submerged vehicle required the coordination and collaboration of multiple agencies and emergency responders, including Elmhurst Fire Department paramedics William Anaszewicz, Susan Goepp, Thomas Hohenzy, Gary Klacka, Timothy Lisowski, Donald Martinson and Cody White; Elmhurst Fire Department emergency medical technicians Kevin Cwirla, Andrew Giarratano, Kevin Long, Mark Millett, Paul Robertson, Kyle Salek, John Vogel and Steven Witt; Elmhurst Police Department officers Margaret Hopkins and John Pacewic, and Oakbrook Terrace Police Department officer Jason Sluzewicz.
Without hesitation, officers charged into the pond and were able to remove the patient from the car. The patient was placed on a backboard and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was started at the pond by the Elmhurst Fire Department and continued on the way to and in the ambulance. The patient began to breathe on his own on the way to Elmhurst Hospital. Crews called ahead to alert the hospital’s ER staff of the incoming drowning/cardio-respiratory arrest patient.
“We applaud you on your teamwork with this difficult, high-stress, emergency situation,” said Mary Lou Mastro, President & CEO, Elmhurst Hospital. “Thanks to your quick thinking and heroic efforts, the patient was later discharged from the hospital.”
Elmhurst Hospital has been honoring area EMS providers with the “Run of the Month” since 2012. Teams are selected based on the following criteria:
- Excellent communication from the field
- Excellent work in gathering information
- Clear and thorough documentation
- Superior clinical assessment skills
- Heroic behavior in the field
- Superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Hospital
For more information about emergency care at Elmhurst Hospital, visit www.eehealth.org/services/emergency