January - March champions
Glen Green, lead biomedical tech
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Campus: Verde Valley Medical Center
Values: Build Community, Be Better Together
Glen spent more than seven months working on a project to donate seventeen old, but still usable, automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to the Cottonwood Police Department. He was inspired to do this after reading a newspaper article about the Sedona Police Department putting AEDs in their patrol cruisers, and thought Cottonwood deserved the same invaluable technology. When police officers have access to AEDs, they are able to save lives as first responders rather than waiting for emergency medical services. Knowing this, Glen worked with all appropriate parties both at NAH and the police department to make it happen. A local reporter was there to capture the story the day the AEDs were donated, so the community was able to learn all about the project. Thank you, Glen, for your diligent work in the interests of the community. You are making a huge difference.
Gustav "Bud" Clark, paramedic flight base coordinator
Department: Guardian Air Transport
Campus: Flagstaff Medical Center
Value: Be Better Together
Bud recognized a great need – no air medical resource on the Hopi reservation – and worked diligently in partnership with the tribe to fill it. The process took nearly a year, but Guardian Air Transport eventually opened a base at the Hopi Healthcare Center in November of 2017. It has become one of our busiest bases and many critical patients have survived or had improved outcomes due to the rapid response. No longer does HHC have to transport a large volume of patients out due to limited capabilities.
Thanks to Bud for looking to improve care delivery in a critical access area, opening dialogue with those who could help make it happen, and enabling Guardian to save many precious lives.