Centerpoint Medical Center honored and reunited First Responders and emergency physicians with three patients, May 4, 2016, whose lives were saved due to quick and courageous actions. 

“This Great Save allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative efforts made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients such as Gale Graham, Brandon Henderson and Dora Pennington,” says David Williams, Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “We want to gather these patients—each who came to us under very different circumstances—and their families and reunite them with their care teams. It’s a powerful example of the continuum of healthcare.”

“Our emergency team has the privilege of working every day with Kansas City’s First Responders who represent some of the most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts in healthcare,” says Centerpoint Medical Center Trauma Medical Director Jared Smith, M.D., FACS. “Their work in helping patients is nothing short of heroic.”

Centerpoint Medical Center, which is a Level II Trauma Center, is part of HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider. For more information, visit

The patients who will be recognized at the Great Save include:

Gale Graham: On Aug. 7, 2015, Graham’s vehicle struck a semi-truck head on when it pulled out in front of him. First Responders found Graham, a resident of Kingsville, Mo., with signs of a traumatic brain injury, multiple right leg fractures and spinal and rib fractures.  Following surgery on his leg at Centerpoint Medical Center, Graham, age 38, remained in the ICU for more than a month, after which he transferred to a rehabilitation hospital on Sept. 11.  Graham continues to make great strides in his recovery and is back working and leading a normal life.

Brandon Henderson: Twenty-one-year-old Henderson of Independence, Mo., was riding a motorized scooter home from work on the morning of Nov. 11, 2015, when he was struck by a car and trapped underneath.  Bystanders pulled him from the car, which had caught fire.  When First Responders transferred him from the accident scene to the Centerpoint Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, he was unresponsive, Emergency Department physicians found a skull fracture and a large brain bleed causing compression and shifting of his brain; neurosurgeon Roger Ray M.D. performed surgery.  Henderson was discharged from the hospital on Dec. 2 and has spent months rehabbing his traumatic brain injury. On March 28 he returned to Centerpoint Medical Center for additional brain surgery. He continues to work with therapy.

Dora Pennington: The family dog mauled Pennington, 54, of Buckner, Mo., on the morning of Nov. 16, 2015, causing significant injury and profuse bleeding to her left leg. When First Responders transferred her to the Centerpoint Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, Pennington was hypothermic from fighting the dog for hours, had bite injuries covering her extremities and was in hemorrhagic shock.  Following amputation of her left foot and ankle, Pennington spent 13 days in the ICU and underwent multiple surgical procedures.  Discharged from the hospital on Dec. 5, Pennington continued her rehabilitation and wound healing at a long-term acute care facility. She has undergone additional surgeries for various wounds at Centerpoint Medical Center and continues therapy while awaiting her prosthesis.

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