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Hospital honors Bloomingdale Fire Department
Contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist 630-312-7508

Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital honored local paramedics and firefighters during its second annual recognition dinner, hosted by the hospital’s emergency department staff. The event took place Jan. 28 at the Eaglewood Resort in Itasca.

The Bloomingdale Fire Department won the “Run of the Year” award for their quick response to a 9-1-1 call Jan. 19, 2009, after a 47-year-old Carol Stream man collapsed while exercising at a fitness center in Bloomingdale.

“This man was riding a bike at a health club when he experienced sudden cardiac death,” said Christopher Larsen, R.N., Arrhythmia Coordinator. “Although he was in top physical condition, there was a hidden condition with his heart’s electrical system. It was not a heart attack; there was no blockage of the arteries. In our electrophysiology lab, the team installed a defibrillator – this device saves people’s lives every day. Much like a pacemaker that paces the heart, the defib also has the ability to shock the heart out of a lethal rhythm, returning the patient to a rhythm that can sustain life.”

The patient was treated in the hospital by Dr. Nausheen Hasan, a physician who specializes in internal medicine, and by Dr. Aziz Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of the interventional labs.

Larsen, who manages the hospital’s electrophysiology lab in the Heart & Vascualar Institute, said the Bloomingdale Fire Department “did an incredible job.”

“We are blessed to have such a high-functioning EMS team as a partner in our community,” Larsen said. “The expertise that these firefighters and paramedics delivered in their care and the rapid transport saved this patient’s life. Way beyond CPR, it is dedication to excellence that saved this patient – an excellence in care at all levels.”

Hospital leaders presented the award to fire fighter/paramedics Alan Emody, David Haas, William McClintock, Allen Stough, fire fighter/EMT Donald Kownacki and Lt. Steve Horn. The award includes a $500 check.

“We have highly trained personnel and it is truly a pleasure to work with some of the best paramedics around,” said David Christensen, chief of the Bloomingdale Fire Department.  “With their superior skill and excellent teamwork, they work everyday to save lives and reduce the effects of injury.”

Added Brinsley Lewis, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital chief executive officer: “We consider the member of the Bloomingdale Fire Department part of our emergency team. Timeliness, a fast response, and emergency treatment in the ambulance are crucial in saving lives.”