Parkridge Medical Center Nurse Receives 2012 Healthcare Hero Award

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Parkridge Medical Center nurse Anita Flynn received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s 2012 Healthcare Hero Award at a special reception in Nashville. Ms. Flynn, 58, was nominated by her coworkers and administrators at Parkridge because of her extraordinary service to several members of her community both during and after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. 

On that spring day last year, elective surgeries were cancelled at Parkridge because of the severe weather and Anita was released early from work. She returned to her home in Ider, AL, where she soon received a call for assistance from the Ider Rescue Squad. The area had just been hit hard by tornado activity and wounded survivors and casualties were pouring into the Rescue Squad headquarters. Alongside other members of her community, Anita sprang into action, triaging patients, cleaning out ambulances, and providing other assistance as needed. 

After several hours of caring for the wounded and trying to account for the dead, she and her fellow rescue squad workers received word that yet another tornado was on its way. Despite this news, Anita and her colleagues at the rescue center continued to triage patients and provide whatever help was possible. As the evening wore on, Anita and her fellow rescue center staff found that the closest hospitals were becoming overwhelmed with wounded. 

When four people whose home had been destroyed by a direct hit from a tornado sought help at the Rescue Squad Headquarters, it was quickly determined that their injuries were beyond what the Rescue Squad could handle. Calls were made to the local facilities to see if they could take a few more patients. The closest facilities recommended that the Rescue Squad staff get the four to a Chattanooga hospital, so Anita and her crew wasted no time in loading the injured family into the back of the Rescue Squad’s only ambulance for the long drive. The ambulance’s transmission was damaged badly by storm debris, lasting just long enough to get the patients and crew into the driveway of Chattanooga’s trauma center. When they arrived, Anita stayed to assist as long as needed. 

After the storms passed, Anita took a week off from work to help family, friends and fellow employees begin the slow process of reclaiming their lives from storm damage. She mowed lawns, moved debris and assisted with cleanup efforts in whatever way she could. When Anita discovered that her in-laws lost their home to tornado damage, she moved them into her own home while theirs was being rebuilt. In the months that followed, Anita continued to assist her friends, neighbors and coworkers as needed, playing a vital part in the recovery of her community. 

When the THA sent the Healthcare Hero Award nomination forms to Parkridge earlier this year, her coworkers immediately seized the opportunity to recognize Anita for her extraordinary efforts. In July, the hospital received word that she had won the award. “Anita responded to an unbelievably challenging situation with extraordinary courage and energy,” said Darlene Abercrombie, RN, Anita’s coworker and a fellow north Alabama resident. “She helped me and so many others in our area to recover from the terrible destruction of the storms. She is our hero, and I am so proud that she was chosen for this award.” 


Erlanger East Hosts Tailgating Event This Saturday

Attendees have an opportunity to support their favorite football team while getting medical information and free health screenings during Erlanger East’s Tailgating event  this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.   Erlanger East’s new Center for Breast Health will be open for tours with opportunities to schedule or even have a mammogram done at the same time. ... (click for more)

North American Credit Services Named Healthier Tennessee Workplace

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness announced that North American Credit Services has been named a Healthier Tennessee Workplaces for its commitment to encouraging and enabling employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home.   “North American Credit Services has created a culture of wellness that encourages and enables employees to be healthier, ... (click for more)

Woman Says Chattin Killed Deputy Donald Bond, Not Kiser

A woman testified Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court that it was Mike Chattin - and not his roommate Marlon Duane Kiser - who killed County Deputy Donald Bond at a produce stand in East Brainerd in 2001. Kimberly Annette Bowman called Kiser, who is in the middle of an extended post-conviction hearing, "an innocent man." She said, "I've had this burden on me all these years." ... (click for more)

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Luther Dies At 92 After Record 74 Years On The Air; Funeral Will Be Thursday At 2 PM At Engel Stadium

Legendary radio broadcaster Luther Masingill died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 92 and had been on the air for a record 74 years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at Historic Engel Stadium, 1130 E 3rd St., at 2 p.m. with Pastor Todd McElyea officiating.   Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at ... (click for more)

Republicans And Fox News Are Creating An Ebola Crisis

It seems that the Republicans and Fox News are at it again.  They are calling for “closing the borders” in order to protect us from the Ebola virus.   They are spreading fear and angst among the populous in order to blame the Obama administration with failing to protect the citizenry. Isn’t this the same crowd that claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)