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WELL
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SUMMER 2014 |
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Adam Blackstone, Rhonnie Curt, Kris Carraway-Bowman
Natalie Mussi, Lynn Tadlock, Cathy Cole, Cyndi Johnson
EDWARD R. CHAMBERS,
MD, Frist Humanitarian
Physician Award Winner
This past August, Dr. Edward
Chambers fulfilled a lifelong
dream: He spent a week
providing medical care to local
residents in an impoverished
region of central Honduras. As
part of a Friends of Barnabas
Mountain Medical Mission
Team, which is comprised
of four or five physicians
and nurses and Spanish
interpreters, Dr. Chambers
arose before dawn and
travelled each day by bus to a
different remote village.
There he’d care for up to
60 patients of all ages, many
of whom have never seen a
doctor and had walked for
hours to receive treatment.
These medical teams dispense
general medicine, give eye
and dental care, provide a
comprehensive pediatric
cardiac program including
pre-op, surgical and post-
operative care for children
with heart defects, and even do
cleft lip and cleft palate repairs.
“It was a life-changing
experience and reminded me
of why I became a doctor,”
says the pediatrician, who
lives with his wife and three
kids in Ventura County. “You
see people who have so little
material resources, but they
have so much spirit and joy.
They were so thankful for what
little we did for them. It’s a
remarkable culture.”
Dr. Chambers is already
planning his next trip, in
November, to some of the
same villages. He is raising
funds to purchase supplies
and actively recruiting
volunteers, many of whom
are from Los Robles. “We
have some really amazing
medical talent at this
hospital, and I want my
colleagues to have this
experience,” he says. “Sure,
you’re
helping these
people, but
what you
get back is
100% greater
than what
you give—and it renews your
sense of compassion. I feel so
fortunate to be able to go to a
place like this and share my
skills with people who need
it most.”
DEBBIE LICHT, RN,
MICN, Frist Humanitarian
Employee Award Winner
“In Ventura County, we
have one of the highest
cardiac arrest survival rates
in the country,” says Debbie
Licht, an ER nurse who has
certainly played a role in
creating that statistic. Licht,
who is the emergency room
pre-hospital care coordinator,
is a champion of Hands-
Only Sidewalk CPR, which
provides classes in lifesaving
CPR techniques throughout
the community.
She even carries around a
mannequin in her car trunk,
ready to teach anyone the
compressions that will save a
life. “We just finished a county-
wide training for all paramedics
and EMTs in Cardiac Arrest
Management (CAM),” says
Licht. “They all trained together
in this ‘pit crew’ method using
continuous compressions. We
are already seeing great results.”
She also started a support
group for the dozens of sudden
cardiac arrest survivors
who are alive today because
someone knew how to
administer CPR. “Twenty years
ago, people didn’t survive
cardiac arrest, but in just the
first two months of this year,
we had five people who went
home,” she says. “When you
see these people back with
their families, alive and well,
it’s quite rewarding.”
BETTE KARDOS,
Frist Humanitarian
Volunteer Award Winner
When Bette Kardos “retired”
after a successful career as an
administrator, she volunteered
at Los Robles Hospital and felt
her operations experience in
banking
would be put to best
use behind the scenes in the
office. That was 10 years ago,
and since then the Agoura
resident has done such an
outstanding job of organizing
and maintaining the hospi-
tal’s extensive volunteer
department files—there are
more than 700—that her work
was commended by The
Joint Commission, the hos-
pital accreditation body. This
past year she was elected
secretary for the volunteer
board of directors.
When not at the hospital,
she comforts abandoned dogs
at L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue.
Being a Frist award winner is
“overwhelming,” says Kardos,
who insists on sharing the
recognition with her fellow
volunteers.
“There are so many talented
people,” she says. “I’m hon-
ored to be a part of it and to
represent them.”
Events
I Am Los Robles
MEET THE FRIST HUMANITARIAN
AWARD WINNERS
Bette Kardos,
Dr. Edward Chambers
and Debbie Licht at
Los Robles Hospital
PHOTOGRAPHED BY REMY HAYNES
In February, the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center lobby was filled with
community members eager to learn Hands-Only CPR to the beat of
Staying Alive
.
CPR experts rallied together to teach guests how they can make a difference in an
emergency situation.
Mary Health of the
Sick's Annual 100
Club Spring Luncheon
raises money for
their elderly, frail and
terminally ill residents.
President and CEO of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Natalie Mussi listens attentively to luncheon guests at the Mary
Health of the Sick spring luncheon.
Lynn Tadlock, director
of the emergency
department at Los
Robles Hospital &
Medical Center,
passionately teaches
guests at the
CPR
Saves Lives
event how
they can save a life.
Natalie Mussi was honored to be the first
community guest speaker at Mary Health of
the Sick’s annual spring luncheon in April.
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