Chad Edwards, MD, Hamilton Physician Group (HPG) – General Surgery; Juan Gonzalez, MD, HPG – Neurology; and Josh Hare, DO, HPG – Neurosurgery and Spine; recently received the Hamilton Hero Award for displaying an extraordinary commitment to the values of Hamilton Health Care System during life-saving events.
Several Hamilton staff members along with Gonzalez and Edwards were eating dinner at a local restaurant.
A man got up from his table and appeared to be sneezing until his wife got up from the table and ran over to him. The man had a napkin to his mouth and was bent over. Gonzalez was informed that the man was choking. While he and Edwards were running over to the man, the restaurant owner saw what was going on and attempted the Heimlich maneuver without success. Edwards immediately started assessing the situation, while Gonzalez grabbed the man and started the Heimlich maneuver. After about three attempts, the food was dislodged.
Hare was playing basketball with his usual teammates at Bradley Wellness Center. A fellow teammate started to show signs of a heart attack, and Hare stepped in immediately to assist. He attached the AED and placed oxygen on the man. While waiting for emergency personnel, Hare talked the man through the situation, reassuring him that he was going to be alright.
“Immediately stepping in to assist in an emergency situation while off duty shows the type of people they are,” said Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director. “We’re very appreciative of their service on and off the clock.”
Hamilton Physician Group – Primary Care