Patients Honored, First Responders and Trauma Team Recognized.
Two patient heroes were honored at the 15th annual St. Luke’s Night of Heroes celebration, along with the more than 100 caregiver heroes who helped make their recoveries possible.
- Cody Keifer was involved in a horrific car crash on Rte. 611 in Ottsville, Pennsylvania. He was rushed to St. Luke’s University Level 1 Trauma Center where he was found to have an aortic transection along with severe injuries to his pelvis, liver, spleen, right kidney and right leg. He also sustained a traumatic brain injury. After four operations to repair his aorta and multiple fractures and two weeks in the hospital, he was discharged to the St. Luke’s Acute Rehabilitation Center. After successfully completing rehab, he returned home and has since returned to work.
Cody’s story: https://vimeo.com/362539241
- Kyle Lauck was riding in a van on a Mountain Road in Milford, New Jersey, when he was struck in the face by a piece of industrial equipment. He sustained severe damage to his neck and face and was flown to St. Luke’s University Level 1 Trauma Center where he was immediately taken to the operating room. He required two operations to repair the damage to his neck and facial bones and was also found to have a shearing injury of his brain. He spent one week in the ICU and was eventually discharged to brain rehabilitation on hospital day No. 14. He was able to return home to celebrate Christmas with his family and has since returned to work.
Kyle’s story: https://vimeo.com/362539514
Dr. Brian Hoey with patient Kyle Lauck, and Cody Keifer with his physician Dr. Stephen Olenchock
For the past 15 years, St. Luke’s has honored both patients and caregivers at Night of Heroes. This event, attended by nearly 800 people, celebrates the caregivers who every day dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who have overcome adversity to survive. Each year two patients’ families tell their stories through a video presentation, and members of the pre-hospital and trauma teams who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.
Listed below are the 2019 Heroes Award recipients:
Hunterdon Medical Center Paramedics
Millford Holland Rescue
NorthSTAR Air Medical
Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company
Point Pleasant-Plumsteadville EMS
Upper Bucks Regional EMS, Inc.
William G. De Long,Jr.,
Sr. Judith Filorimo
Holli Marie Johnson
Paula A. Krzemien
Stephen A. Olenchock, Jr.
Christopher R. Roscher
Jonathan T. Rutkauskas
Jake T. Schroeder
Benjamin P. Watchous
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 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne 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 Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s 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.