The following post first appeared on UNC Health Care's blog.
Saluting our heroes at UNC Hospitals
I’m continually amazed by the patients and family members I meet at UNC Hospitals. In the past week I’ve been lucky enough to meet the family of Randy Roland, a patient in our Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU).
Randy, a 39-year old father of two, was beaten and left on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 13. That’s when he was found by Stephen Gamboa, a resident in Emergency Medicine at UNC.
Dr. Gamboa quickly called 911 and helped triage Randy at the scene. Randy arrived at UNC Hospitals by ambulance and was later admitted to the NSICU. Dr. Gamboa’s quick actions almost certainly helped save Randy’s life.
Dr. Gamboa says he was simply “in the right place at the right time.” Randy’s family says he is a hero.
But Dr. Gamboa wasn’t the only person Randy’s family specifically mentioned as a hero. In the short time we spent with Randy’s mother, stepfather and girlfriend, they raved about the hugs and personal care provided by the nurses in the NSICU; the expertise of Dr. Anand Germanwala and his team of physicians; the help of Brooke Gleason and our Patient Relations team; and the comfort provided by Kevin Stefano of our Pastoral Care team.
It is amazing to me that, in the midst of this tragedy, Randy's family is so thankful and caring to everyone they meet at UNC Hospitals. Their spirit is incredible and an inspiration.
Randy has a long recovery, but all of us at UNC Hospitals are hoping for the best for him and his family.