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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Honors 3 Heroes at 8th Annual Police Appreciation Day

Aventura, FL (December 8, 2009) – On Thursday, November 19th 2009, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center hosted the 8th annual Aventura Police Appreciation Day.  Each year, the hospital hosts a breakfast and lunch in honor of the Aventura Police Department, recognizing its officers’ unwavering dedication to protecting the residents of the City of Aventura and the staff of Aventura Hospital.  This year, an additional award was presented to three police officers who saved the life of a young woman.

“During breakfast, the police conducted their morning roll call,” said Security Officer Ira Wolf, “Following roll call, Rick Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, presented Sgt. Glenn Kaptain, Officer Juan Gonzalez and Officer Helen Morrison a plaque honoring them for their part in saving the life of a 31 year old female.” 

The woman had collapsed while jogging and stopped breathing.  Kaptain immediately responded performing both C. P. R. and applying A. E. D. to administer emergency care to the patient. 

 “I am a true believer in using CPR,” stated Officer Morrison, a 30 years police veteran.

Rescue arrived and transported the patient to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where physicians ordered Code I.C.E., a new emergency procedure for treating patients who have suffered cardiac arrest.  Also called induced hypothermia, the procedures involves the use of a non-invasive device called Arctic Sun, which rapidly cools the patient’s body temperatures in order to save brain function.  By lowering the body temperature, the metabolism slows down; this means that the tissues and organs require less oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy longer.  In 48 hours, the body was then very slowly returned to normal. 

“Thanks to the quick thinking of Officers Kaptain, Gonzalez, and Morrison and the speed of the ER staff at Aventura Hospital, the patient was able to walk out of the hospital,” explained Heather Rohan, Chief Executive Officer of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. 

A second plaque was given to Police Chief Steve Steinberg by CEO Heather Rohan, honoring the entire department for their commitment to Aventura Hospital and the community.

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