|Lifesaving action earns employee top award
trouble would do well to have Brian Libby, an emergency medical
technician and part-time employee with Meducare, around.
Brian Libby, a
member of the MUSC Meducare team and a Hanahan fire captain, won MUHA's
2010 Employee of the Year.
Libby won the Medical University Hospital Authority’s 2010 Employee of
the Year award Aug. 3.
The award is based on Libby’s heroic actions in saving James Burrell,
who was trapped behind the wheel in his van. Libby was working as the
pediatric team driver for Meducare when the team went to Orangeburg
to pick up a patient for transport back to MUSC. On the way back, he
saw a vehicle accident that had just occurred at the 187-mile marker
He stopped and notified dispatch that the car was beginning to catch
fire. He then called back via radio and asked that they notify Berkeley
County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue because the driver was
trapped and the car was almost fully engulfed in flames. Miraculously,
Libby was able to remove Burrell just as the fire was reaching the
driver’s side. Meducare's Melissa Feather said Libby put his own safety
aside to help Burrell, who was flown by Omniflight Charleston to MUSC.
Burrell did receive some burns.
Libby, although soaking wet from the knees down from wading through a
ditch, was uninjured except for a few small scratches.
“Words simply can’t express how proud I am of Brian and, in general,
the people I have the pleasure of working with. This patient lived to
see Christmas because of Brian. What better gift than that,” Feather
Ten medical center employees were nominated for the 2010 Employee
of the Year. Pictured (left, front row) are: Mo Geisler,
Children’s Services; Eileen McLaughlin, Psychiatry; and Linda Ernst,
Perinatal Services. Stuart Smith, medical center executive director,
joins nominees Mark Daniell, (back row) Perinatal Services; Johnna
Jackson, Rutledge Tower 1 Children’s Specialty; Michelle Polite,
Psychiatry; and Sheri Stewart, Pediatrics—Education, Clinical Resource.
Not pictured are Stacie Buckley, House Options Pool; and Robert Kippes,
Friday, Aug. 6, 2010