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Tuesday September 25, 2018
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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3

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Wellington Regional Medical Center Celebrates Patient’s 91st Birthday, Reunites Her with Life Saving Team

 
Photo attached: PBCFR Engine/Rescue 20, Dr. O’Shea, Dr. Altine, Dr. Gomez, Robbin Lee and hospital staff with Ms. Bibbo.
 
Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently held a “Call of the Quarter” celebration to reunite Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) Engine/Rescue 20 crew with Thelma Bibbo, a patient the crew rescued and transported to WRMC’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.  The hospital staff and attendees also celebrated Thelma’s 91st birthday.
 
On May 21, 2018, John Bibbo, the patient’s son, called 9-1-1 to report that his mother had experienced a decrease in blood pressure and fainting spells while eating at a restaurant.  PBCFR responded to the then 90-year-old Thelma and alerted WRMC of a “stroke alert,” meaning they were bringing a potential stroke patient to the emergency room.  This collaboration ensured that Thelma received the most efficient, quality care and resulted in a full recovery.
 
“The purpose of bringing everyone together today is to celebrate the teamwork that results in lives being saved” said Robbin Lee, CEO of WRMC. “We are thrilled to honor  Fire Rescue crew 20 and the physicians that allowed us to be here today, celebrating Thelma and her 91st birthday.” 
 
In attendance were the physicians that directed Thelma’s care, Emergency Department physician Jeremy O’Shea, D.O. and Internal Medicine physician Romuald Altine, D.O., as well as Neurointerventional Radiologist Juan Gomez, M.D., who performed the life-saving procedure that removed the clot from Thelma’s brain.  In addition, PBCFR administration, WRMC physicians and nurses, and hospital leadership joined the celebration.
 
PBCFR Engine/Rescue 20, along with Dr. O’Shea, Dr. Altine, and Dr. Gomez, received commemorative plaques and a reception and birthday party followed the plaque presentation.
 
Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 233-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Celebrating more than 30 years of treating residents in Wellington and the surrounding community, the hospital offers a wide range of services, including comprehensive stroke care, comprehensive lung program, minimally invasive services, cardiac services, a birthing center and level III NICU, comprehensive women’s center, hepatobiliary surgical procedures, intraoperative radiation therapy, interventional procedures and a wellness and weight loss center. To learn more about the hospital, please visit www.wellingtonregional.com.
 
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