Friday, June 29, 2012

MGH nurse honored for saving man’s life

Slavin and Maxey

It was a typical cold winter’s morning last February when Barbara Maxey walked through the parking garage at 50 Staniford Street on her way to work, but within moments the day became nothing short of extraordinary.

Maxey, RN, BSN, CCM, a care manager at MGH PrimeCare, recalls seeing a man walking just ahead of her stumble. His car keys flew through the air and his legs folded beneath him as he collapsed onto the concrete floor, the result of an apparent heart attack.

“I immediately started chest compressions because there was no response and I couldn’t get a pulse,” Maxey said.

Unable to get a signal on her cell phone and with no one else in sight, Maxey continued the compressions for more than 10 minutes. Finally, a woman came within earshot, and Maxey yelled for her to call for help. An ambulance arrived soon after, and the man was brought to the MGH, where he ultimately made a full recovery.

“That is the definition of being at the right place, at the right time. According to the man’s family, if it wasn’t for Barbara’s quick action, they would have lost a wonderful man,” said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, who presented Maxey with a framed Excellence in Action certificate during a June 14 ceremony. “This is an example of a truly great clinician who has worked at the MGH for 36 years and who spends her days helping people live longer, healthier lives.”

Maxey said that while the honor is extremely nice, she is just thankful the man – who recently sent her a necklace aptly featuring an angel and a heart – is alive and well. “I think I did what anyone would do,” Maxey said. “I’m just glad that he is OK.”

The Excellence in Action program honors MGHers who go above and beyond in their daily care of patients.

Read more articles from the 6/29/12 Hotline issue.


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