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Service First winners’ intuition literally saving lives in unlikely places

Baptist Memphis

Baptist Memphis

Michael Brown, a Baptist Tipton pharmacist who works on the Baptist Memphis campus, discovered an injured team member in the parking garage, simply by being observant and noticing blood on the ground. He helped triage the patient’s hand, found a wheelchair and wheeled the team member to the emergency department.

Baptist Women's

Baptist Women's

Teri Farris, a respiratory therapist with Baptist Women’s, found herself in the right place at the right time when recently visiting Baptist Collierville. Teri immediately responded when she discovered a young man who had overdosed was found at the hospital entrance. Together with a doctor, the team stabilized the patient, effectively saving his life.

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Baptist Golden Triangle

Baptist Golden Triangle

Chris Dodd, paramedic, Ambulance Service, noticed a truck pulled over to the side of the road as he was on a separate 911 call. After attending to the patient on the original call, he decided to check on the other driver. After getting permission to break the glass from law enforcement, Chris found that the driver was in anaphylactic shock. Chris treated him, saving his life. Ironically, the driver of the vehicle was related to the person Chris transported on his first call. He had been stung by wasps while trying to open the door so the paramedics could gain access to the home. Realizing he would have a reaction, he tried driving himself to the hospital.

A native of Amory, Mississippi, Chris spent 12 years as a combat medic with the Mississippi Army National Guard. He is currently in the US Army Reserves in a Combat Support Hospital based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “Many times people believe we (EMTs) are only a mode of transportation from point A to point B. But, in today’s emergency services, we are required to bring the emergency room to the patient. Working as a paramedic or EMT, we are often overlooked. I hope that by having received this award, it sheds more light on the great EMTs and paramedics at Baptist Golden Triangle,” he added.

Baptist Booneville

Baptist Booneville

Terri Christian, an ultrasound technologist, discovered something about a patient receiving care in her department. Terri was helping a 95-year-old patient. Through their interaction, Terri learned  the patient has little food at home. Terri contacted the Food and Nutrition department and asked if there were any leftovers to give the patient. The gracious kitchen team delivered enough food to help the patient at home.

Baptist Union County

Baptist Union County

Sylvia Seely, 2 main unit coordinator, understands what it means to walk in a patient’s shoes. As part of Baptist for 16 years, she has earned the respect of her entire team. Nominated by the entire rotation for her dedication and hard work, she is especially valuable to the ortho team. “Sylvia is great to have around on ortho day because she can share her personal experience and own prodedure with the patients.” After suffering with excruciating pain in her hips for a long time, Sylvia underwent a bilateral hip replacement. No longer walking with a cane, she understands the long journey patients may endure.

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