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Life-Saving Action Results in SVMHS Nurse Receiving DAISY Award

Life-Saving Action Results in SVMHS Nurse Receiving DAISY Award

October 4, 2022 –The quick response and life-saving actions by a long time Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) nurse has resulted in her receiving the prestigious DAISY Award for nursing excellence. The 911 Code Blue incident took place in the usually calm and therapeutic environment of the Cardiac Wellness Center on Wilgart Way in Salinas.

For the first time since the Wellness Center’s inception in 2003, a patient went into cardiac arrest. Elizabeth "Betzi" Grogin, RN immediately began performing CPR and mobilized the rest of the team to manage the emergency and tend to the needs of other patients.

“It was a tense but controlled situation made possible by the immediate response of our team guided by Betzi’s leadership,” says fellow Cardiac Wellness Center nurse, Shirely Chung, RN. “Betzi was able to perform CPR and focus her colleagues on AED and supplemental oxygen until paramedics arrived.”

Betzi has been working at SVMHS for 24 years, joining the organization as a nurse in 1998. She has provided outpatient care in the Cardiac Wellness Center since 2018. Perhaps not surprising by her quick actions, Betzi also leads the team in quarterly Code Blue drills. She says the coordinated drills keeps everyone ready for the unexpected.

“This is one of those epic events in my career,” says Betzi Grogin, RN DAISY Award recipient. “We saved a life that day and that is always the greatest reward. I could never have imagined that emergency situation would also result in this DAISY Award recognition. I feel very fortunate to work with such an incredible team.”

In addition to Betzi’s medical response to the event, the Cardiac Wellness team says she commended everyone’s efforts in a debriefing session and took extra time following up with other patients at the Center that day to help them process their emotions. The patient was successfully treated at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and transferred to Stanford Medical for a recommended heart transplant.

Betzi’s husband, Harlan Grogin, MD was among those gathered for the special DAISY Award ceremony. Dr. Grogin is a cardiac electrophysiologist with Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Central Coast Cardiology.

In addition to Betzi, three other outstanding nurses received DAISY Award nominations in September, including, Elizabeth Dayton, RN I in Transport/Special Procedures; Erika Moncayo, RN II, Holding Area Kimberly Stewart, Clinical Nurse Educator with Masters in Education.

Every month, Salinas Valley Memorial recognizes two extraordinary employees, one with a DAISY Award (for nurses) and another with a STAR Award (for all staff). STAR stands for the SVMHS values of Support, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect. Nominations can be submitted by patients, visitors and staff. Nomination forms and drop boxes are located throughout the hospital and online. To learn more about the awards visit svmh.com/nomination.

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