Patients Honored, First Responders and Trauma Team Recognized.
Two patient heroes were honored at the fourteenth annual St. Luke’s Night of Heroes celebration, along with the more than 100 caregiver heroes who helped make their recoveries possible.
State Trooper Seth Kelly was shot while on duty in Northampton County on the morning of November 7th, 2017. He underwent CPR on the road and was flown to St. Luke’s with life threatening injuries. On arrival to St. Luke’s he was found to have severe blood loss that required emergent interventions in the trauma bay. He was then rushed to the operating room for multiple surgical procedures. After a 3 week course, with multiple complications, Trooper Kelly was discharged to home. He is currently back at work and living happily with his wife, Philomena and their dog, Murphy.
Nancy Arnold was involved in a car crash in New York on April 28th 2018, after attending the confirmation of one of her grandchildren. The Bethlehem resident sustained injuries to her spleen, spine, ribs and pelvis. After 48 hours at an outside hospital, it was recognized that she needed a higher level of care. She was flown to St. Luke’s hospital, where she was immediately taken to the Operating Room, to evacuate and control bleeding. After 17 days in the hospital and 2 weeks in rehabilitation she was discharged home. She is currently living at home with her husband Paul and back to babysitting their grandchildren.
For the past 14 years, St. Luke’s has honored both patients and caregivers at Night of Heroes. The event celebrates the caregivers who everyday dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who beat the odds to survive. Each year two patients’ families tell their stories through a video presentation, and members of the trauma team who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.
A Night of Heroes hosted over 800 attendees, including more than 100 heroes. Key sponsors of the event included The Surgeons of St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care; Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Luke’s, and Service Electric Cable TV and Communications.
In a highly anticipated and suspenseful presentation, the prestigious Martin Cohen Trauma Humanitarian, Charles D. Saunders Dedication to Trauma and William “Billy” Guth Trauma EMS awards were announced live.
Listed below are the 2018 Heroes Award recipients (listed by hometown):
Gilberto Quinones, Jr
Janice T. Concilio
Sr. Judith Filorimo
Kimberly Jegel Chaput
Robert deQuevedo II
J. Andrew Dziewit
Newport News, VA
Northampton County Emergency Management Services
Plainfield Township Fire
The Night of Heroes concept began in 2005 at St. Luke’s. It was initiated by trauma surgeon James Cipolla, MD, and his wife, Dawn.
Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, email@example.com
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018. It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.