WHO: Patients Nechie DeBerry, Nathan Harrison, John Lucchi; Research Medical Center Physicians and EMS Crews

WHAT: Great Save

WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016

Media interviews:  B-roll at 9:45 a.m. prior to ceremony and after 10:45 a.m.; interviews available after 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64132


WHY: Research Medical Center will honor and reunite First Responders and emergency physicians with three patients whose lives were saved due to quick and courageous actions.

“A Great Save allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative efforts made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients such as Nechie DeBerry, Nathan Harrison and John Lucchi,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Research 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 vital continuum of healthcare.”

“Every day our emergency team has the privilege of with Kansas City’s First Responders who represent some of the healthcare’s most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts,” says Research Medical Center Trauma Medical Director Scott Bjerke, M.D. “Their work in helping patients is nothing short of heroic.” 

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

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

Nechie DeBerry, Age 54, Kansas City, Mo., Cardiovascular: Nechie DeBerry had not been feeling well for more than a day and on Feb. 23, 2016, his chest pain and shortness of breath prompted his family to call 9-1-1. Within minutes EMS professionals from the Kansas City Fire Department transported DeBerry to Research Medical Center. En route to the hospital, paramedics discovered DeBerry was in a heart arrhythmia and shocked his heart three times.

Research Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center team shocked his heart another seven times.  DeBerry was taken to Research Medical Center’s Cardiac Cath lab where a balloon pump was inserted to maintain his blood pressure.  Amrit Guptan, M.D., FACC, board-certified, fellowship-trained cardiologist, placed an internal cardio defibrillator. DeBerry was discharged from the hospital on March 7 and is doing very well living at home with his wife, Serena.

Nathan Harrison, Age 34, Kansas City, Mo., Trauma: The father of three sons and an officer in the Kansas City Police Department, Nathan Harrison was found on the ground near Interstate 435 and Highway 71 on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, following a motorcycle crash.  A Lenexa man found the off-duty officer unresponsive at the scene and called 9-1-1.   Paramedics from the Kansas City Fire Department brought Harrison to Research Medical Center Level I Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries. The Research Medical Center trauma team jumped into action while clergy and support staff kept Harrison’s friends, co-workers and family members gathering in the waiting room updated.

Harrison suffered anoxic brain injury from loss of oxygen; a traumatic injury to his right leg; a left ankle fracture with several medical complications, including renal failure due to his loss of blood.  

Days and weeks passed as Harrison struggled to cling to life—and then he beat the odds.    

Harrison was moved from ICU on New Year’s Eve and on Feb. 1, 2016, he was dismissed to a rehabilitation center for further care. Now home, Harrison continues his therapy, gaining strength every day. 

John Lucchi, Age 68, Raymore, Mo., TIA: On Feb. 23, 2016, John Lucchi woke up feeling weak, disoriented and dizzy. Having been through a similar situation with him two years earlier, Lucchi’s wife immediately called 9-1-1 and an ambulance arrived at their house within minutes. Lucchi was transported to Research Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center with symptoms of stroke.  According to Lucchi’s wife and daughter-in-law, they were amazed by the immediate ambulance response and that by the time they got to the hospital—close behind the ambulance—the CT scan was done, Lucchi was diagnosed, being treated for TIA, or a mini-stroke. Iftekhar Ahmed, M.D., a board-certified neurologist medical director of The Stroke Care Center at Research Medical Center, was calming and meticulous with Lucchi’s care. “Of course I would never go to any hospital just for fun,” Lucchi says, “but Dr. Ahmed and all of the staff did their very best for me.”