YOU THINK DOCTORS AND NURSES are the only hospital employees
who save lives, meet CHRISTUS Schumpert’s hero trio:
James Hampton, Joe Laws and Mary Eason. The three Associates
work in Nutritional Services at CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary Place,
and their heroic, lifesaving work began early one morning last
That’s when James, who manages the food stockroom, noticed that
his co-worker Ira West was nowhere to be seen. James grew concerned
because he could always set his watch by Ira, who consistently
arrived at work no later than 5:45 a.m.
Joe Laws usually greeted
Ira prior to his clock-in time of 6 a.m. as he passed through
the kitchen to get coffee. By 6:15 a.m. that day, James and
already decided to call Ira’s unusual absence to the attention of Mary Eason,
for more than 20 years in Nutritional Services and is well-familiar with
Ira’s daily routine. Mary immediately called Ira’s wife, who
confirmed that he had
left home as usual around 5 a.m. for the 45-minute walk to work.
this, the heroes sprung into action. With Mary at the wheel, they took off—retracing
Ira’s route. A few blocks from his home, they found Ira. He had
passed out, fallen and hit his head. Somehow, he had managed
up and walk two more blocks toward to the hospital before he collapsed again
the street. His co-workers found him a half-mile from the hospital, sitting
just off the curb, head down, looking white as a sheet and complaining of
nausea. He said he’d been praying somebody would find him.
At the hospital, doctors
diagnosed a heart rhythm problem. Once a pacemaker was
installed, Ira was back to his old self—and regular as clockwork once again.
public relations director
CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System