St Lukes Adult Level I Trauma Center Holds Eighth Annual A Night of Heroes
St. Luke’s Adult Level I Trauma Center Holds Eighth Annual ‘A Night of Heroes’
Bethlehem (9/22/12) - Sixteen year old Gregory Young of Allentown was driving home from his part-time job at Red Robin. He was involved in a car crash and was ejected through his sun roof. He was transported to St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, where he presented in the Trauma Center with low blood pressure and severe abdominal and pelvic injuries. Greg’s condition remained unstable for nearly two days until his bleeding was controlled. He then underwent fifteen surgeries to reconstruct his abdomen and pelvis. After spending six weeks recuperating at St. Luke’s, Greg was transferred to another facility for rehabilitation. Despite these debilitating injuries, Greg was able to graduate from high school and return to work.
Johanna Pizzolo was out for a drive with her husband Vincent and their two year old son Julius and fourteen-month-old Brandon when their vehicle was struck by another vehicle. All four of the Pizzolo’s were taken to St. Luke’s Trauma Center. Johanna bore the brunt of the crash with massive facial fractures, two collapsed lungs, eight rib fractures and a devastating brain injury. Multiple procedures were necessary to repair her face, and she remained in a coma for days. After 17 days at St. Luke’s, Johanna was transferred to a rehab facility, after which she returned back home to take care of her sons and resume a normal life.
Two heroes… honored at the eighth anniversary of St. Luke’s Network-wide celebration, along with the more than 80 caregivers who helped make their recoveries possible.
For the past eight years, St. Luke’s has been honoring both patients and caregivers at A Night of Heroes. The event celebrates the caregivers who everyday dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who often times beat the odds to survive. Each year two families tell their stories during a video presentation, and members of the trauma team who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.
This year, St. Luke’s Eighth Annual A Night of Heroes was held on Saturday, September 22 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Campus, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem and hosted 600 attendees, including 80 heroes.
The evening included a buffet dinner and award ceremony with video tributes to the two patient heroes.
Special, surprise awards honored the following: Kim Fritts was recognized with the Martin Cohen Trauma Humanitarian Award and Peter Hlavinka with the Charles D. Saunders Dedication to Trauma Award. Dr. Michael Grossman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and service to the St. Luke’s University Hospital Trauma Program.
Listed below are the 2012 Heroes Award recipients (listed by hometown):
Michael A. Ringold, MD
Jarrod E. Rosenthal, MD
Gregory Young ([patient hero)
||Christopher D. Trend, MD
Patrick Brogle, MD
Michael K. Goulston
Paula A. Krzemien
Karl D. Maloney
Daniel K. O’Rourke, MD
Se-Wy-Co Fire Co.
Jay S. Keck
Upper Saucon Fire Department
||Ric Baxter, MD
Deborah A. Weber
Mary Jean Labar
Upper Nazareth Fire Department
Vigilance Hose Co. #1
John F. Stone
||Linda L. Walck
||Johanna Pizzolo (patient hero)
The Night of Heroes concept began in 2005 at St. Luke’s when trauma surgeon James Cipolla, MD and wife Dawn initiated the program in the Lehigh Valley area.
St. Luke’s University Health Network