Dr. Steve Dillard, a physician practicing in the emergency department at Teays Valley Hospital, was recognized for his care and persistence for a patient.
A 38-year-old woman came to the ER with symptoms of right arm pain and some mild gastrointestinal distress. She had no previous health problems.
Her initial labs, X-rays, and electrocardiogram were all normal except for a very small increase in oneof her cardiac enzymes. Dr. Dillard repeated the labs four hours later. Again there was a small rise in a cardiac enzyme.
Dr. Dillard was turned down by a cardiac center when he requested a transfer because the patient was so young and healthy and had no family history of cardiac disease. However, Dr. Dillard didn't quit.
After finally transferring this patient, she was taken to the cath lab where it was discovered she was having a heart attack and had three occluded arteries. After three stents and a week in ICU, she was discharged home in good health.
"Thanks to this doctor for his wonderful care and persistence in getting my youngest sister the help she needed," wrote a family member in the nomination of Dr. Dillard. "I believe she is alive today because of that fine care and persistence. Thanks from the entire family."