When we chose to work in health care, we declared we would rise to the occasion in life-and-death moments. Those are the times we are called upon to block out distractions, think quickly and focus on doing everything we can to preserve the life in our hands.
Often, it’s not until after wounds have been closed, bleeding has stopped and the patient is recovering that we begin to learn about the life of the person we saved that day.
That is why I want to share the story of Mary Perri and Paul, her husband of 38 years. For the last three years, Mary has been a patient with RGH, battling ovarian cancer. Recently, she was brought to our emergency department, hemorrhaging and bleeding to death. In that moment, our first and only job was to save her life.
Mary was admitted to the SICU, where she continued to have significant blood loss. She was put on the massive transfusion protocol to keep her alive until the bleeding could be stopped. The interventional radiology team came to the SICU and quickly discovered traditional methods were not stopping or even controlling Mary’s bleeding. As the SICU team gave Mary more than 40 units of blood products with the rapid infuser, interventional radiology had time to stop the bleeding with four vascular stents. Because multiple clinical teams with advanced expertise collaborated to make quick and efficient clinical decisions, Mary is alive today.
That day we did more than help Mary and Paul. Our talented team implementing the advanced clinical protocols that saved Mary exemplifies the kind of work that has advanced health care for decades. In saving Mary’s life, we gave her and Paul more time together. When Mary came to us, that became our first and most important job. However, now our team is even more prepared for the next person who needs those advanced procedures for their chance to survive.
On Friday, 13 WHAM/Fox Rochester came by to learn about Mary’s journey and our team’s incredible work to save her. Here is the link to the story at 13WHAM.com.
Congratulations to all of the team members involved with saving Mary’s life.
Celebrating our team
Summer Picnic August 23
Join us for the RGH Summer Picnic on Wednesday, August 23! During the lunch and dinner times, we will have food, drinks and picnic games with your peers and leaders. During the overnight shift, we will bring food to the employee’s floors. More details will be shared in the Weekly Beat and on myROChealth.com later this month.
Congratulations to our DAISY Award Winners
- Mary Kretsch, RN, MICU was nominated by a colleague for her compassion, care and quick response when she was the ENIT during a night shift and helped with an unstable patient.
- Catherine Musclow, RN, MICU, was nominated by a patient and his wife for the exceptional care she provided in the MICU.
- Corey Snow, RN, 4800, was nominated by a colleague for his excellent care of a long-term patient.
March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award Finalists
Congratulations to the 28 Rochester Regional Health nurses who have been named finalists for the area’s March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. Out of our system’s 28 finalists, nine of them work here at Rochester General Hospital. The winners will be announced at the March of Dimes Gala in September.
Our RGH Finalists:
|· Amy Seifert – Advanced Practice||· Shannon O’Hara – Rising Star|
|· Amber Heintzelman – Behavioral Health||· Michelle Oppelt – Rising Star|
|· Tiffany Maynard – Emergency||· Patricia Reiber – Rising Star|
|· Amanda Adams – General Medicine/Surgical||· Lisa Cox – Women’s Health|
|· Lorin Meyer-Gebo – Long Term Care/Rehab|
- Faran Ahmad, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at King Edward Medical College with an internship with Mayo Hospital Lahore and a residency with Montefiore Medical Center.
- Clarissa Del Rosario, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school and completed an internship at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, did a residency at Winthrop University Hospital and a fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
- Charles Guidot, MD, is an interventional neuroendovascular surgeon who attended medical school at Michigan State University, completed a residency at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital and a fellowship at SUNY Buffalo.
- Sainabou Jallow, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and completed residency at Harlem Hospital Center.
- Hyun Kyung Kim, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Ajou University School of Medicine and completed residency at Rochester General Hospital.
- Sandeep Kumar, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Chandka Medical College Hospital and completed residency at Rochester General Hospital.
- Donald McLaren, MD, specializes in occupational medicine and attended medical school at New York Medical College. He completed residencies at Highland Hospital and Stony Brook University Medical Center.
- Seth Mensah, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed residency at University of Rochester.
- James Roger, DDS, attended Temple University Dental School and completed residency at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
- Tanveer Singh, MD, is a hospitalist who attended Sri Gru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences & Research and completed residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
- Wled Wazni, MD, is an interventional neuroendovascular surgeon who attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed an internship at Detroit Medical Center Sinai Grace Hospital and two fellowships at Medical College of Wisconsin.
- Hirushi Weerasinghe, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Faculty of Medicine, University of Columbo and completed residency at Rochester General Hospital.