Pittman recognized as Hamilton Hero

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 Jeff Myers, Hamilton Health Care System president and CEO, right, congratulates Public Safety officer Rodney Pittman for earning the Hamilton Hero Award.

DALTON, Ga. (March 13, 2012) – Rodney Pittman, Public Safety officer for Hamilton Medical Center, was recognized as the most recent Hamilton Hero. Hamilton Hero recipients are associates who unselfishly perform a deed of meritorious service during a life-saving event that exceeds the scope of his or her job.

In January, Terry Coker had arrived at Dalton Family Practice for some blood work. But before he made it to the door, he collapsed. Pittman was also at Dalton Family Practice and saw Coker shortly after he fell to the ground. Pittman immediately took action, calling the office staff for assistance and assigning a bystander the task of calling 9-1-1. He then began administering CPR.

Shortly after, Lee Duman, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services supervisor; April Foster, EMT; and Jeff Richardson, paramedic; arrived with a Lucas CPR 2, a device designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). After receiving CPR from the Lucas CPR 2, Coker was declared, “critical, but stable.” Coker was taken to Hamilton Medical Center.

Pittman personally delivered Coker’s belongings to his wife who had been informed about her husband’s cardiac event and was waiting at the hospital for news of his situation. “She was very comforted to know that Rodney had been the first to respond and had provided her husband immediate care in a situation where every second counts,” said Heather Raboin, medical interpreter/patient representative who nominated Pittman for the award. “I’m so proud to work with Rodney.” According to Raboin, Coker is expected to recover well.