The sheer humanity and determination needed to save a person’s life was on display when Southside Hospital celebrated a room full of first responders and hospital staff for their recent efforts in two separate incidents.
Maggie Fitzpatrick was T-boned by a tractor trailer about two years ago and suffered a concussion, pelvic fracture and pulmonary contusion, among other ailments. Clifford Hammond was hit by a car while walking across the street after his daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner and had skull, rib and pelvic fractures. Each was taken by local first responders to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Southside Hospital’s first annual Heroes Night on September 30 acknowledged everyone who touched these patients, from the emergency medical services crew and physical therapists to the environmental service employees. About 80 people helped to make a major difference in the patients’ care and lives. Members of the Commack Ambulance Company, West Sayville Fire Department, Babylon Fire Department, along with Suffolk County Police officers from the First and Fifth precincts, were honored at the celebration.
“Without all of these players who we honored Friday night working together as a well-oiled team, these patients’ outcomes would be dramatically different,” said Michael Grossman, MD, chief of Southside’s trauma program. “We appreciate all of our local first responders for their partnership with us. All of us in the community and at Southside Hospital can be heroes to the patients that we touch every day.”
Ms. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Hammond each made full recoveries from their life-shattering ordeals. They were also on hand to celebrate the everyday heroes who helped them along each phase of their journey back from the brink.
Southside Hospital is an American College of Surgeons’ Level II verified trauma center.