Archive for February, 2013

February 19, 2013

CEO: Pray for Firefighters & Families – and ER Staff

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For decades, St. Joseph team members have worked side by side with the Bryan Fire Department.  So closely, that nurses, doctors and staff from our Emergency Department consider these firefighters co-workers and friends.  In late August, that partnership was extended when one of our emergency physicians, Dr. Aaron Buzzard, was named Medical Director at BFD.  Last week, when representatives from the American College of Surgeons were on-site to review our trauma program, Bryan Firefighters were here to show support.

This weekend’s tragedy deeply affected many at our hospital.  The following memo was set to team members over the weekend from St. Joseph CEO, Odette Bolano.  We thought it might be appropriate to share:

Many of you have likely heard about the tragic death of two Bryan firefighters and the critical injuries two other firefighters sustained late Friday night while working to extinguish a large fire in Bryan. Our heart goes out to the family and friends of all four, and they are in our prayers during this most difficult time. I would also ask that we remember to keep in our prayers our St. Joseph Emergency Department team members who regularly worked with all four of the firefighters.

While this tragedy overshadows the success we had last week during our Trauma survey, the two have a connection. For years our ER staff, trauma team and many others have been working very hard in preparing for an increase in our trauma capabilities. Based on information from Dr. Brandon Lewis, our Emergency Department Medical Director, there’s little doubt that those preparations paid off on Friday night. We received the critically ill firefighters, performed several emergency procedures on each of them and quickly transferred three firefighters out to the burn center at UTBM Galveston. The ER team functioned extremely well in a very emotional situation and I commend them for the extraordinary job they did under the most difficult of circumstances.

While we are ever hopeful that our community will be spared from tragedies such as these, this is a solemn reminder of why we work to be prepared and have the resources available to meet the medical needs our community every moment of every day. Thank you for your dedication to our health care ministry.

With warmest regards,

Odette Bolano, RN, MHA, FACHE

President and CEO

St Joseph Health System