NORFOLK-The American Heart Association Hampton Roads recently honored the Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance program with its 2023 R. Bryan Grinnan, M.D. Memorial Research Award. The award was presented at the annual Heart Ball event in Norfolk. The event recognizes survivors and volunteers who contribute to the AHA’s mission.
“The nomination for the 2023 Grinnan Award is a true honor for our team because a large portion of our flights consist of cardiac and stroke patients,” said Denise Baylous, Nightingale manager and flight nurse, in a release. “Working with our Sentara physician partners and our cardiac and stroke service lines, our team has developed clinical protocols that allow us to provide advanced treatments and rapid transport, saving precious time in getting our patients to cardiac and neurological interventions. Our average transport time for cardiac patients is 30 minutes to intervention, and our stroke patients are 12 minutes.”
Nightingale had a record 862 patient flights last year. Of those incidents, 310 patients had a cardiac episode, while 162 had neurological events, including strokes.
The R. Bryan Grinnan, M.D. Memorial Research Award is named for the founder and president of the American Heart Association Hampton Roads board. It honors an individual who makes the Hampton Roads community a better place through their investment of time and/or a financial contribution in support of heart and brain health.