Bob Williams Named Recipient of Healthcare Hero Award

Bob Williams, cardiovascular services supervisor at Fairfield Medical Center, will be awarded the Healthcare Hero Award on Feb. 12 during the Eleventh Annual Heroes Breakfast at the Eagles Event Center in Lancaster. This year’s event, sponsored by the American Red Cross of Fairfield and Hocking Counties, will recognize eight people who have gone above and beyond to positively impact the community.

In 2011, Williams created the Snider Community Heart Watch, a task force sponsored by FMC that works to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and decrease deaths among those who experience it. Since its inception, the task force has put more than 150 AEDs out in the community through its Public Access Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Purchasing Program and has trained more than 5,000 people in CPR. The task force also partnered with the National Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation in 2012 to create the Heart Safe School Accreditation program, which trains schools on how to help a cardiac arrest victim until an ambulance arrives on the scene. Local businesses also can be deemed “heart safe” by pursuing the Heart Safe Business Accreditation, another project of the Snider Community Heart Watch.

Jennifer Dicken, cardiovascular data analyst at Fairfield Medical Center, nominated Williams for the Healthcare Hero Award, describing him as a “great leader who goes above and beyond his normal work duties to keep the passion alive in the group.” Dicken is one of 30 members of the task force, which ranges from physicians to nurses to community members to other FMC employees.

“His commitment and passion drives the other members to keep involved and want to help our community become heart safe,” Dicken said. “He shares stories of cardiac events which sometimes have good outcomes and sometimes bad outcomes. These stories remind us monthly why we are a part of this group. This makes a great leader.”

Williams started the task force after a co-worker and friend’s nine-year-old daughter suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during swim practice. He said the success of the program is a credit to both the community and the work of the task force as a whole.

“As one individual, there are limits to what can be achieved,” he said. “Being an individual surrounded by a tremendous team, there are very few barriers we cannot overcome. This should be a community award. The leaders in this community have recognized the need to better prepare to respond to sudden cardiac arrest.”

For more information about the Snider Community Heart Watch, call (740) 689-6893.

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