– Staff of both Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) and the University of
Louisiana gathered in the hospital’s main lobby on Friday to honor LGMC nurse
practitioner and UL instructor Deedra Harrington. Harrington was
presented with the hospital’s distinguished "Making a Difference” award by
President and CEO David Callecod.
recognizes LGMC employees for actions above and beyond, which Harrington
certainly did on Monday, Jan. 9, giving lifesaving CPR to a jogger who had
was returning from a lunch break when she saw a man lying on the track at
Girard Park. She says she thought he’d just passed out, "A few bystanders
were standing over him so I thought he was taken care of. I kept going,
but something (inside) immediately told me to turn around.”
sixty-five-year-old runner, Gary Dodson, had been jogging in the park a few
minutes earlier and suddenly collapsed. One onlooker called 911, but
Harrington says when she arrived on the scene no one was performing CPR. She
immediately began performing rounds of compressions on Dodson’s chest.
Retrieving a CPR mask from her car, she continued CPR until an ambulance came
on the scene.
Dodson arrived at Lafayette General, it was determined that he’d suffered a
major heart attack, from a right coronary artery blocked 99 percent, and was
taken into the cardiac catheterization lab. When he woke the next day, he
told family members that he didn’t have any recollection of what happened.
Later that day, he received a visitor to his ICU room in the form of
Dodson spoke to his doctor, Cardiologist, Dr. Christopher Daniels, and
discovered that he was lucky to be alive. Although Dodson reportedly
exercised daily, ate a balanced diet and didn’t smoke or drink, he has a family
history of heart disease.
a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Institute of the South at Lafayette General,
says Dodson didn’t have any warning signs and probably would have passed a
stress test. "When someone suffers from cardiac arrest in the field, time
is of the essence,” he stresses. "He was lucky to have someone to perform
bystander CPR and lucky to be so close to a hospital.”
doing well, recuperating at home and has since celebrated his sixty-sixth
to Ella Beth Goetschius, BS, RN, and Training Center Coordinator for LGMC
Training Center of American Heart Association, 75 percent of all sudden cardiac
arrests happen at home and many times no one knows how to administer CPR.
Goetschius says, "If no bystander CPR is provided, chances of survival are
reduced 7 to 10 percent with each minute of delay until someone begins
defibrillation with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
and employees alike to be rapid first responders with CPR is vital. That
is why the Annual Heart Starter Mass Training will take place again this year
in the Cajundome on Saturday, April 14 with two sessions, 8am to 10am and
10:30am to 12:30pm. The training is free and open to anyone middle school age
another preventive heart service to the public, Lafayette General is offering
free electrocardiograms on Saturday, February 25 at the Burdin Riehl Office
Building, across from the hospital. The EKG’s will be read by an interventional
cardiologist from Cardiovascular Institute of the South, partners of Lafayette
General. Information will be transferred to a personal wallet-sized
medical identification card––the first of its kind in the nine-parish Acadiana
area. The double-sided card will provide an actual 12-Lead baseline EKG
on one side and essential emergency information and cardiac history on the
other. This will assist emergency physicians in facilitating rapid and accurate
treatment time in the event the card-carrier has a cardiac event.
Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical
Center, a 353 staffed bed facility, is the largest full-service, acute-care
medical center in the nine-parish area of Acadiana. LGMC provides
families with comprehensive medical services at every level of care, from
severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Lafayette General evolved
from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911, and has been
a leader in health care throughout its existence. Over the years, LGMC has
expanded its services and facilities to meet the community's growing needs.
Lafayette General Medical Center
is recognized by federal and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit
corporation. Although the hospital generates money by billing for its health
care services, it does not pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits
do. Any net revenue is reinvested into the organization for new equipment,
facilities, and technology to better care for the people we serve.
As the region’s only
community-owned and managed hospital, all decisions are made locally by an
experienced administrative team and a volunteer Membership Corporation and
Board of Trustees. At LGMC, you can count on us to stay one step ahead of
the changing face of health care. For general information, call (337) 289-7991.