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CBS Sunday Morning News takes a look at the University of Oklahoma Anesthesia Department and their use of the OU College Of Medicine's Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center.
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Date: May 2, 2017                                          



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Oklahoma City — When Jesse Galvan, III was in a horrific hit-and-run with a semitrailer, his family didn’t know if he would survive. In August 2016, the Duncan teenager was flown via medical helicopter to the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center where doctors and nurses pulled together to save his life.

Fast-forward eight months and Jesse is reuniting with the medical team that saved his life during OU Medicine’s eighth annual Trauma Survivors Reception April 28 at the Oklahoma Health Center campus. He’s one of several award recipients who gathered to celebrate life – after either coming close to losing it or helping others keep it. It’s a story that happens often in trauma – people survive against all odds. Galvan and nine other trauma survivors as well as more than a dozen OU Medicine staff members, emergency responders and others were recognized.

Jesse’s dad (Jesse Galvan, Jr.) said if his son had gone to another hospital, he doesn’t think he would have survived. 

“It was an emotional time and I was able to seek comfort in knowing he was in the best hands that he could have been in,” said Galvan. “The sky is the limit now for him; no dream is too small.”

“This reception is a symbol of the Oklahoma Standard. We honored those who have provided service and kindness to those in need,” said Dr. Roxie Albrecht, director of trauma and surgical critical care at OU Medical Center. “For the patients and families, it was a time to thank those who dedicate their lives to this standard.”

Here are the stories of the honorees who are more than just survivors – they are the visionaries and first responders who keep finding that recovery doesn’t have to be discouraging or hopeless. It can be the catalyst for finding strength and recognizing the goodness in others:   

Jesse Galvan, III: Tough Kid Award

On Aug. 2, 2016, Jesse was walking home after a summertime visit to the local library in Marlow. As he crossed the main intersection downtown, he was struck by a semitrailer, knocking him nearly 20 feet. The driver of the truck did not see Jesse and kept driving before being stopped miles down the road. Jesse was flown to the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center where a team of doctors and nurses worked to save his life. Jesse spent months at the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, where he slowly progressed and overcame his injuries.

OU Medical Center trauma surgeon Dr. Jeremy Johnson said he initially didn’t think Galvan would survive.

“He not only survived, I mean he was supposed to be in the rehab center three or four months, and he was there for three or four weeks. I mean, he did a lot of the work himself,” Johnson said during a media interview during Friday’s award ceremony.

Today, Jesse is back in school and completing the seventh grade at Marlow Middle School.

To watch a video of Jesse’s story:

Salute to Oklahoma Trauma History

Funding for the state’s trauma system was created through a number of key pieces of legislation from 1999 to 2004. Those lawmakers were recognized Friday for their work and foresight in creating the Oklahoma Trauma Systems Improvement and Development Act and the Trauma Care Assistance Revolving Fund that provides reimbursement for trauma facilities, physicians and emergency care providers for uncompensated trauma care costs.

“We celebrate the lives we save annually because of their vision, compassion and commitment to improving the survival of those who find themselves in need of a level one trauma center,” said Patti Davis, senior vice president of strategy and development for OU Medical Center. “Without these important laws passed by the legislature, Oklahoma’s trauma system would not exist today,” said Davis.

The following state representatives and senators were recognized for their contributions in ensuring that Oklahomans will receive the best trauma care possible: 

Rep. Danny Hillard, Sulphur, Author Senate Bill 1554 and House Bill 2600

Rep. Bill Paulk, Oklahoma City, Author Senate Bill 290

Sen. Ben Robinson, Muskogee, Author Senate Bill 1554

Sen. Angela Monson, Oklahoma City, Author House Bill 2600

Sen. Ben Brown, Oklahoma City, Author Senate Bill 290

To watch a video on the Salute to Oklahoma Trauma History:


Wadleys EMS: Outstanding Prehospital Transport

Purcell is a small town just south of the Oklahoma City metro. When it comes to ambulance service, Wadleys EMS has been a mainstay in Purcell for more than 40 years.

“We run three ambulances a day because of our call volume and location to Oklahoma City,” said Jackie Wadley of Wadley’s EMS. “We do go to OU Medical Center a lot because we get some serious crossover accidents along Interstate 35,” said Wadley.

That proximity to Oklahoma City and I-35 leads to many emergency transports to OU Medical Center for trauma patients. Wadleys dedication to patient care and prompt transports lead to this year’s recognition for “outstanding prehospital transport.” 

To watch a video on Wadleys EMS:

Trauma Survivors Reception Award Winners

Staff Awards

Outstanding Emergency Department Nurse: Robert Jennings, RN

Outstanding Operating Room Nurse: Aleasha Meskimen, RN, CNOR

Outstanding Trauma Intensive Care Unit Nurse: Addie Gill, RN

Outstanding Post Trauma Nurse: Marisa Perzanowski, RN, and Micaela Irving, RN

Outstanding Trauma Services Member: Alisa Cross, MD

Outstanding Rehab Services Staff: Kaye Lynn Philpot, COTA/L

Outstanding Support Services Staff: Danny Jackson

Outstanding Resident-General Surgery: Frank C. Wood, MD

Outstanding Resident-Subspecialty: Lauren Hill, MD

Outstanding Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse: DJ Reich, RN               

Facility, Transport & Other Awards                     

Trauma Angel Award: Travis Doussette

Outstanding Prehospital Transport: Wadley’s EMS, Purcell

Friend of Trauma Award: Chuck Mai, AAA

Outstanding Injury Prevention Program: Jammin’ Hoopsfest

Golden Hour Award: Mercy Hospital-Tishomingo

Outside Emergency Department Resident: Alexander Torres, DO        

Patient Awards                     

Tough Kid Award: Jesse Galvan, III

Tough Guy Award: William Green

Beating the Odds Award: Kinzie Eisenbise

Truly Oklahoma Cause of Injury Award: Garrett Reed

The Roxie Albrecht What Was I Thinking Award: Keith Nikkel

Oldest Survivor: Ralph LeGrande

Determined Spirit Award: Martin Jussely

Youngest Survivor: Charley Sinclair

Humpty Dumpty Award: Taylor Sanders