Amazing people walk the halls of your hospital every day.

Do you know who they are? What do they do that goes above and beyond their job descriptions?

At the 2012 SCHA Annual meeting, SCHA will introduce a video telling six stories involving amazing people associated with South Carolina hospitals. Unfortunately, we tend to hear snippets of stories and seldom get details. That’s why we want to hear from all our members and get the details we need to really tell these special stories.
 
Following are snippets of anecdotes someone on our staff has heard and shared. They are offered only to give you an idea of the kind of stories you may consider, but please don’t let them limit you as you look around for stories.

A teenager who lost her grandparents and mother to cancer worked with a South Carolina hospital’s foundation to raise more than $10,000 to support cancer research as a memorial to her loved ones.
 
A nurse used her contacts to make sure a dying patient was able to attend his grandson’s graduation from basic training at Parris Island.
 
A nurse working in a hospital nursery noticed that tubing for two completely different fluids used for very different situations could easily lead to serious medication errors and helped devise a system to color code the tubes and prevent life threatening mistakes.
 
A member of a hospital surgical team who has seen how consistent use of the surgical safety checklist can prevent unnecessary surgical errors has become a champion for its use in every operating room for every patient in the state.
 
A man who was participating in the annual Cooper River Bridge Run suffered a serious heart attack and was saved due to the amazing improvements that have been made in South Carolina’s STEMI care system.
 
Touched by a breast cancer patient’s depression over the loss of her hair, a nurse used a photo of the young woman before chemotherapy and had a wig special made in the color and style to help the patient realize that she is still the same woman she was before she became a cancer patient.
 
A trauma surgeon traveled to the site of a terrible automobile accident where rescue workers could not cut the victim from the vehicle for fear of more seriously injuring him. The surgeon crawled into the car, prepared to perform a double amputation to save the patient’s life, but instead was able to direct the rescue workers as they carefully cut the man from the car.
 
A doctor opens his office monthly to provide care for patients who have no health insurance.
 
A South Carolina doctor spent a month in Haiti following the earthquake, taking care of victims.
 
A nurse practitioner divides her time among two hospital emergency rooms and a free clinic where she donates hundreds of free hours each year.
 
The staff of an entire hospital participated in a video contest in an effort to raise thousands of dollars for breast cancer research.
 
For years, a hospital executive has arrived to work early whenever possible so he can help feed patients who are not able to feed themselves.
 
An infant girl was born with half a heart and needed a transplant in order to celebrate her first Christmas. Thanks to the generous gift of another family, who had just lost their child, the little girl underwent transplant surgery and is now a healthy, active six year old.
 
A hospital employee has provided foster care to dozens of children over the years.
 
A hospital employee has been with the hospital since it opened and can talk about the changes she has seen in health care over the years.

Again, our first opportunity to highlight a few of these stories will be in a promotional campaign culminating at the 2012 SCHA Annual Meeting  in Columbia on January 26.  But we will only be able to use six stories at that event, and we need your help to identify the stories we will use.
 
Therefore, we ask that you submit the name of the person or persons  and their connection to  your hospital  you believe should be featured in a special video that will be shared with many audiences throughout the state and premiered at the annual meeting.   Please be sure that any person nominated is willing to be interviewed on camera.   Also, please briefly summarize what makes this person’s story notable.  The person nominated may be an employee at any level, a physician, a patient, a family member of a patient, a hospital trustee, a local business person, etc.
 
All nominations must be emailed to psmoake@scha.org  and received no later than 5 p.m. on November 15, 2011.
 
Thank you in advance for your help in telling these amazing stories.