Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center - (Page 6)

You Are Now Entering The Recovery Zone When local police officer Rolando Jimenez was injured badly in an accident, he and GMC's trauma and rehab teams went about restoring him to a normal life online In 12 years working as a school resource officer at three local high schools, Rolando Jimenez enjoyed directing traffic as he greeted teenage drivers, carpool parents and anyone else who waved as they passed by. He talked to each drivers education class about traffic safety and how staying focused is key for safe driving. A Gwinnett County police officer since 1996, Jimenez was a familiar face to many Rolando Jimenez in the community, as he also held several part-time traffic-directing jobs, including at 12Stone Church. One particular rainy Wednesday, everything changed. Answers to Common Trauma Questions To learn more about trauma services at Gwinnett Medical Center, visit 6 SPRING 2 014 Day 1: Feb. 13, 2013 6:40 a.m. In the predawn darkness, Jimenez dons his reflective gear, sets out cones, turns his car lights on for visibility, and prepares to manage traffic at Lanier High School, where he has worked since it opened in 2010. 6:43 a.m. Southbound Buford Highway is clear, so Jimenez signals southbound drivers to stop and motions northbound vehicles to turn left into the school. But one southbound driver, in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, traveling about 50 mph, does not stop. The Jeep strikes Jimenez, throwing him 30 feet through the air, and plows into a car waiting to turn left. Jimenez bounces across the roof of that waiting car and lands behind it. The force of the Jeep hitting the waiting car pushes the car backward, over Jimenez's legs. "All I recall," Jimenez says later, "is seeing the grille of a car and white paint around it. I guess I was in shock, since I don't remember pain. I was worried about swallowing a tooth that had been knocked loose, and I could feel my broken jaw sliding around." 6:50 a.m. Someone from Lanier High phones Jimenez's wife, Melissa, to tell her that a car has hit her husband but that he is alert and appears only to have broken a leg. 7:10 a.m. Emergency medical services notifies the Emergency Department (ER) at Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville that they are bringing in a potential trauma patient. "As the only hospital in northeast metro Atlanta with a Level II trauma

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Staying Ahead of Concussions
The Recovery Zone
Occupational Hazards
The New Rules of Play
Shopping for Two
Back to Basics
Burn, Baby, Burn
Angelina Jolie
Rock Your Health
Breaking Up with Salt
Disgusting! (or Not?)
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Ready, Set, Run!
You Can Change the World
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center