Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department Firefighter-Paramedic Cody Ball recently was named the Integrity Healthcare Professionals Lifesaver of the Month by South Central Kansas Medical Center.
He was nominated for making “exceptional efforts” in the treatment of a patient who was being transferred to Wichita.
“For the (emergency room) to reach out and recognize a different entity, to reach out and say, ‘Thank you for what you did’ … that was the best part for me,” Ball said.
Integrity Healthcare Professionals provides emergency department staffing services for SCKMC.
“It was a very professional thing to do,” Ball said of SCKMC’s efforts to recognize what first responders do in the field, whether ACFD, the Arkansas City Police Department, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office or Winfield first responders.
Ball was one of the first to respond to a 911 call last month in which the patient was transported to SCKMC.
Staff at the medical center stabilized the patient so that a transfer to Wichita was possible.
During the transportation, the patient’s condition deteriorated, as sometimes occurs with critically ill patients.
At one point, Ball was performing manual CPR and administered life-saving medicines all by himself.
The patient was taken to the nearest hospital, William Newton Hospital in Winfield, where staff spent two hours stabilizing the patient.
Afterward, the transfer to Wichita was finally completed.
“This type of situation is challenging for multiple medical personnel to perform, let alone one person,” Clayton Pappan, SCKMC director of marketing, posted on Facebook. “Because of Cody’s excellent skills and persistence, the patient’s life was saved.”
“It was an all-around team effort, between three hospitals and the EMS crew,” Ball said.
The efforts made that day included 100 percent effort from each person involved, he said.