Our employees continue to ask, “How can I help?” and the generosity of our global employees continues to lift our spirits. In response, one way we amplified employee giving was by supporting critical care clinical employees in giving Edwards time to train frontline clinicians caring for underserved patients, as well as provide ongoing real-time support when needed.
A shining example was a small team of Edwards Critical Care employee volunteers, who traveled to Belize along with volunteers from the Atrium Health cardiac team, to work on-site at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). This trip, funded by Edwards Foundation, provided the opportunity to donate monitoring equipment for the hospital’s intensive care unit, via the Edwards Product Donation program. The combined group of six clinicians spent a week assisting clinicians and provided extensive training to clinical staff members at KHMH who provide critical care for heart patients and high-risk surgical patients in the intensive care unit.
Both of the critical care employees from Edwards described their time in Belize as a life changing experience, stating “As we were preparing to conduct heart surgery on a 15-year-old girl, I looked down and realized she was very frightened. My immediate assignment was to help the heart team get prepared, but I changed focus as soon as I saw the fear in her eyes. I grabbed her hand and told her it was going to be all right. When we took her off the ventilator on the day following her surgery, her face lit up with a smile that warmed my heart. I’ll never forget her comment. She said, simply, ‘Thank you all for saving my life.’ We adored this experience and were incredibly excited to be part of such an amazing team.”
This small but mighty Critical Care team was honored to receive the annual outstanding “volunteer of the year” award from International Medical Outreach, a collaboration of Atrium Health and EHM partner Heineman Medical Outreach.