Elmhurst Hospital has awarded its 2017 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) “Run of the Year” to members of the Elmhurst Fire Department.
Paramedics Danielle Fernandez and Sarah Hand, and Firefighters Patrick Evoy, Lt. Jeff Hayes, Gary Klecka and Tim Lisowski were recognized for their care in May of an 80-year-old man who fell while at church and was unresponsive.
When the crew arrived, bystanders were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Paramedic Hand continued CPR and then Paramedic Fernandez delivered a shock from an Automated External Defibrillator, after which the patient was breathing and had a pulse. The paramedics provided additional treatment in the ambulance while on the way to Elmhurst Hospital’s Emergency Department. The patient was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital and released a few days later.
The “Run of the Year” recipients were honored at Elmhurst Hospital’s fifth annual EMS Recognition Dinner on October 26 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook. Other area EMS personnel and police officers were also honored at the event, which caps off the year-long “Run of the Month” program in which area first responders are recognized for exceptional care with a breakfast at their station.
Elmhurst Hospital has been honoring area EMS providers with the “Run of the Month” since 2012. Teams are selected based on excellent communication from the field, excellent work in gathering information, clear and thorough documentation, superior clinical assessment skills, heroic behavior in the field, and superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Hospital.
For more information about emergency care at Elmhurst Hospital, visit www.EEHealth.org/services/emergency.