Air Force

February 7, 2014

Airmen deliver care despite lockdown

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Timothy Young
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Téa Burke holds her newborn daughter, Noélani Burke, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center Jan. 30 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Noélani was delivered shortly after a disgruntled man brandishing a handgun outside the emergency room caused the hospital to be locked down.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Jan. 30 was anything but a normal day for the patients and staff at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center.

Then a man brandishing a handgun outside the emergency room caused the hospital to lockdown at about 10 a.m., but the care provided by the 99th Medical Group staff was not.

The medical staff’s training allowed them to continue the care that couldn’t be put on hold — such as delivering a baby.

“We do [exercises] all the time within our unit,” said 1st Lt. Andrea Simpson, 99th Inpatient Squadron registered nurse. “We are trained to handle these situations.”

According to Simpson, who was the on hand during the delivery, good leadership and the unit’s overall cohesion helped her feel more than prepared for the situation.

“During situations like this, our leadership is always up front providing us the support for anything we might need,” she said. “Everyone just comes and plays their part and knows their roles.”

Téa Burke was one of the patients in labor and delivery and gave birth to her daughter, Noélani Burke, just hours into the lockdown.

According to Téa’s mother, Teisha Burke, besides the call over the intercom explaining the situation and not being able to leave the room, the lockdown was almost nonexistent to them.

“I was fine; I know that the Air Force had it [under control],” Teisha said. “I knew that we were more secure than anyone else.”

Téa said Maj. (Dr.) Wendi Holmes, 99th Medical Support Squadron, seemed to only care about doing what she needed to do to deliver her baby.

“[Holmes] kept her focus on me,” Téa said. “When I was having contractions, she helped me through it.

“I grew up a military brat and know the base like the back of my hand,” she added. “I know they give the best care, that’s why I wanted to have my daughter here.”

During the lockdown the 99th MDG was also able to deliver a second baby, complete two surgeries and continue providing some basic patient care.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr.

First sergeant provides health, welfare for warriors

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr. Master Sgt. Phelipe Salinas speaks to his athletes during the 2014 Warrior Games at the Garry Berry Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 2. Salinas is the first sergean...
 
 

Safeguarding, re-evaluating your digital footprint

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad. Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online...
 
 

October is Energy Action Month: ‘I am Air Force Energy’

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Summer has come to a close, and we’re all looking forward to more tolerable temperatures in the coming weeks. Even better news — this means your power bill is likely to go down. But if you think you pay a lot for energy, imagine paying Nellis’ bill of approximately $1 million...
 

 

Taming ‘tyranny of urgent’

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Many Airmen lead incredibly busy lives, full of unfinished tasks that we often wish we had more hours in the day to fit it all in, and in our professional lives, budgets remain tight, the Air Force is shrinking, and we are challenged to do more with less. Yet...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Armory: A home for weapons

U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Senior Airman Jaime Romo, 99th Security Forces Squadron armorer, puts a M-240 rifle away after clearing the weapon at the 99th SFS armory at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo

Nellis Open House brings history to life

U.S. Air Force photo The AT-6 Texan, which was originally flown in 1935 and flown here in the 1940s, will be one of many aircraft at the Nellis Air Force Base Open House on Nov. 8 and 9. It is a single-engine advanced trainer a...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin