The Minot City Council took time out of its regular meeting yesterday to recognize EMS staff involved in saving the life of a 21-year-old woman who went into cardiac arrest outside Trinity Health South Ridge.
The patient was on her way to see her provider, Ginger Strand, when she collapsed in the parking lot. A nursing student called 911, and help was summoned inside the clinic. Ginger and medical assistant Cassie Podoll performed CPR. Ginger called for an AED and nurse manager Christi Keller connected it to the patient and delivered a shock.
Firefighters arrived and took over rescue efforts, and Community Ambulance loaded the patient in the ambulance where further interventions were undertaken before transport to the Trinity Emergency/Trauma Center.
At Monday’s meeting, Community Ambulance personnel Christopher South, Carter Gage, and Shayanna Tescher were honored, along with Fire Department staff Devin Walter, Philip Anderson, Travis Elich, and Jason West. All received the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Hero Award. And, proving you don’t need a medal to be a hero, Ginger Strand, on behalf of herself, Cassie, Christi, and the clinic team, received warm hugs from the patient and family, who are all doing well.