January 8, 2018

Around the nation: Trooper and nurse recognized for saving man from burning car

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    Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Donte' Hanns and nurse Ginger Havlin have been recognized for their efforts in saving the life of a 21-year-old man by pulling him out of a burning car, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and Ohio.

    • California: A Los Angeles woman has contracted the Zika virus via her partner, in what is the first case of the virus being sexually transmitted in the county, according to local officials. The man had traveled to Mexico and contracted the virus in early November. His partner, who had not traveled to Mexico, contracted the virus shortly after. Overall, California has reported 619 cases of Zika since 2015, including eight cases in which the virus was sexually transmitted (Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, 1/4).

    • Illinois: Nurses from SwedishAmerican Hospital have made a donation of new and used clothes as well as hygiene products to Just Breathe 815, an organization that serves over 2,700 homeless teens in the state of Illinois. The nurses began collecting the donations at the end of November. Amy Dull, magnet program director at the hospital, said of the effort, "I think nurses in general, we are caring and compassionate, and this was a perfect organization to donate to. It just really struck my heart chords" (WIFR, 1/4).

    • Ohio: Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Donte' Hanns and AmeriCare nurse Ginger Havlin have been recognized for their efforts in saving the life of a 21-year-old man by pulling him out of a burning car. According to dashcam footage, the man—Jose Gonzalez—was driving his Ford Mustang when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Dodge Durango. While the driver of the Durango remained unharmed, Gonzalez's legs became stuck in his vehicle, which by that point had caught fire. Hanns and Havlin, who both happened to be nearby, worked together to pull Gonzalez from the vehicle just moments before it burst into flame (Skebba, Toledo Blade, 1/4).

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