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St Lukes Adult Level I Trauma Center Holds Eighth Annual A Night of Heroes

St. Luke’s Adult Level I Trauma Center Holds Eighth Annual ‘A Night of Heroes’

2012 Night of Heroes

Patient heroes Greg Young and
Johanna Pizzolo (front, center) are
surrounded by the EMS, Fire and
Clinical teams responsible for
rescuing and treating them.

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Watch Greg's video
Watch Johanna's video

Bethlehem (9/22/12) - Sixteen year old Gregory Young of Allentown was driving home from his part-time job at Red Robin. He was involved in a car crash and was ejected through his sun roof. He was transported to St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, where he presented in the Trauma Center with low blood pressure and severe abdominal and pelvic injuries. Greg’s condition remained unstable for nearly two days until his bleeding was controlled. He then underwent fifteen surgeries to reconstruct his abdomen and pelvis. After spending six weeks recuperating at St. Luke’s, Greg was transferred to another facility for rehabilitation. Despite these debilitating injuries, Greg was able to graduate from high school and return to work.

Johanna Pizzolo was out for a drive with her husband Vincent and their two year old son Julius and fourteen-month-old Brandon when their vehicle was struck by another vehicle. All four of the Pizzolo’s were taken to St. Luke’s Trauma Center. Johanna bore the brunt of the crash with massive facial fractures, two collapsed lungs, eight rib fractures and a devastating brain injury. Multiple procedures were necessary to repair her face, and she remained in a coma for days. After 17 days at St. Luke’s, Johanna was transferred to a rehab facility, after which she returned back home to take care of her sons and resume a normal life.

Two heroes… honored at the eighth anniversary of St. Luke’s Network-wide celebration, along with the more than 80 caregivers who helped make their recoveries possible.

For the past eight years, St. Luke’s has been honoring both patients and caregivers at A Night of Heroes. The event celebrates the caregivers who everyday dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who often times beat the odds to survive. Each year two families tell their stories during a video presentation, and members of the trauma team who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.

This year, St. Luke’s Eighth Annual A Night of Heroes was held on Saturday, September 22 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Campus, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem and hosted 600 attendees, including 80 heroes.

The evening included a buffet dinner and award ceremony with video tributes to the two patient heroes.

Special, surprise awards honored the following: Kim Fritts was recognized with the Martin Cohen Trauma Humanitarian Award and Peter Hlavinka with the Charles D. Saunders Dedication to Trauma Award. Dr. Michael Grossman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and service to the St. Luke’s University Hospital Trauma Program.

Listed below are the 2012 Heroes Award recipients (listed by hometown):

Alburtis Hope Brown
Allentown Todd Burda
Heather Buttner
Madonna DiRocco
Karen Graffman
Michael A. Ringold, MD
Kara Rodriguez
Joshua Rosentel
Jarrod E. Rosenthal, MD
Chris Sellers
Nathan Thomas
Gregory Young ([patient hero)
Annandale, NJ Christopher D. Trend, MD
Bangor Jessica Buono
Bethlehem Jean Boyle
Patrick Brogle, MD
Amy Dibiase
Christopher Erdman
Holly Friedman
Kimberly Fritts
Julia Glenn
Michael K. Goulston
Peter Hlavinka
Rebecca Humberd
Paula A. Krzemien
Karl D. Maloney
Raffaele Marchigiani
Daniel K. O’Rourke, MD
Mark Reiter
Fay Roethke
Morgan Siegfried
Erin Toole
Barbara Wescoe
Se-Wy-Co Fire Co.
Center Valley Barbara Gibson
Jay S. Keck
Upper Saucon Fire Department
Cherryville Eric Rivera
Conshocken Jessica DelCollo
Coopersburg Ric Baxter, MD
Brenda Brock
Robert DeQuevedo
Kevin DeWitt
Brandon Fumanti
John Gillard
Johnna Grabusky
Corey Wright
Easton Michael Grossman
Brian Willard
Effort Mark Hill
Harleysville John D’Alessandro
Hellertown Amy Kares
Jason Mingora
Deborah A. Weber
Macungie Donna Drake
Nazareth Kathleen Butz
Tina Frasier
Mary Jean Labar
Tara Sakasits
Upper Nazareth Fire Department
Vigilance Hose Co. #1
Northampton Raymond Karoly
Kathy Lee
Allison Lopata
John F. Stone
Palmerton Joann Beck
George Chupa
Pennsburg Bonnie Haines-Ferraro
Phillipsburg, NJ Diane Greco
Plymouth Meeting Joseph Robinson
Sellersville Stephanie Traub
Slatington Linda L. Walck
Tannersville Sarah Nolan
Weatherly Bonnie Tristani
Whitehall Michael Helfrich
Wind Gap Johanna Pizzolo (patient hero)

The Night of Heroes concept began in 2005 at St. Luke’s when trauma surgeon James Cipolla, MD and wife Dawn initiated the program in the Lehigh Valley area.


Contact Information

Denise Rader
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Communications/Marketing
484-526-4104