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American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania: Medical Hero Award

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The American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which covers Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and York Counties, honored 16 people with nine different awards during the 14th Annual Spirit of the Hero Award Breakfast held at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Recipients were honored for their heroic and, or selfless acts that improve our communities and show all of us that not all heroes wear capes.

Medical Hero Award: 

Things were going well at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Utz Terrace in Hanover, on November 4, 2015.

The staff was going about its normal routine, with a couple of them performing physical therapy on an elderly patient who was in the facility for rehab following bypass surgery. The patient wasn’t feeling well, but no one was expecting her wound VAC (vacuum-assisted closure) to blow, causing instant severe and massive bleeding. Without hesitation, the center’s staff sprang into action. Frank Roloson, Jess Miller, Shannon Shutika, and Shannon Bair worked closely to slow the blood flow and move the patient to bed while keeping her calm and conscious until the paramedics arrived to transport her to a local hospital for emergency surgery.

Their quick-thinking response to a potentially fatal situation bought the woman valuable time, time that was needed to get her the emergency medical care that ultimately saved her life.


Frank Roloson

Jess Miller

Shannon Shutika

Shannon Bair


Janeen Hershey


Rick Ayers (Wellspan Health)

Steve Smith (M&T Bank)

Source: American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania