Meet our 2017 Healthcare Heroes

Connecticut Children’s very own Lynn Hayes, BSN, RN, EMT-P and Wendy Wheeler, BSN, CEN, CPEN, EMT of the critical care transport team were named 2017 Healthcare Heroes by the Hartford Business Journal!

Both were recognized for their efforts in helping others both at Connecticut Children’s and across the globe. Below is an excerpt from the Hartford Business Journal:

As members of the National Disaster Medical System, they swoop in with the Connecticut One Team to set up emergency hospitals and medical care facilities.

Between them, they have been deployed to a variety of locations hit by natural disasters, including Puerto Rico, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria.

“It’s good people and good work,” Wheeler said. “It’s needed work. You’re also helping the medical teams in those areas, letting them take a breath.”

“They are part of the disaster, too,” said Hayes. “And people, a lot of the time, forget that.”

As two of the 65 members on the Connecticut One team, the nurses are part of the federal system of emergency management — per-diem federal employees, somewhat like a national guard of medicine. These units can see upwards of 50 to 75 patients a day for suturing, broken bones, cardiac issues, infection control and other injuries. With their speciality in pediatrics, the two women often work with children and infants.

“With all the training and support we get at Children’s, it really bolsters our pediatric knowledge and we can bring that to our team in the field,” said Wheeler.

Read the full article here

Nominees for the 2017 Healthcare Heroes awards included Paul Dworkin, MD, Executive Vice President for Community Child Health; Christopher Scheinberg, APRN, Emergency Department; and David Wang, MD, MS, Medical Director, Elite Sports Medicine.

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