Four SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Utz Terrace team members were honored as local heroes by the American Red Cross at its recent 14th annual Spirit of the Hero Award Breakfast. Shannon Buehrle, Jess Miller, Frank Roloson and Shannon Shutika won the 2016 Medical Hero Award for their quick response to a potentially fatal situation that occurred last year at the village.
In November 2015, senior living resident Iona Klepper went to physical therapy as usual, but she wasn’t feeling well. As the appointment drew to a close, a surgical wound on her leg from a recent bypass surgery suddenly opened. The team at The Village at Utz Terrace immediately sprang into action, dialing 911, applying pressure to the wound and reassuring Klepper – even as the color drained from her face – that all would be well.
“Her wound VAC (vacuum assisted closure) literally exploded,” said Janeen Hershey, Klepper’s daughter. “The entire team [at The Village at Utz Terrace] was awesome and their teamwork and quick thinking saved Mom that day. I truly commend them for their service.”
“It’s a part of our job,” said Shannon Shutika, physical therapist at The Village at Utz Terrace. “We do it every day.”
The four team members from The Village at Utz Terrace were among 16 award recipients in eight categories including Animal Rescue, Good Neighbor, Adult Good Samaritan, Youth Good Samaritan, Community Impact, Firefighter, Medical and Military.
“Because of these quick-thinking friends, I get to watch the game show channel with my Mom, my son gets to share his second grade dramas with Gammy and my husband gets to bond even more so with his mother-in-law,” said Hershey. “And I get the best gift of all – I get to kiss my Mother good night and say ‘I love you!’”