Going beyond the call of duty

MINNEAPOLIS, December 6th, 2016 – Dr. Suess once stated, “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better; it’s not.” Not necessarily a credible physician recommendation, but our radiologists and staff would agree with this philosophy.

This past week, a CRL staff member performed a selfless act for a stranger in distress.

Katy Grismann, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for CRL, was finished her shift at Mankato Clinic, packed her things, and began the walk out the door to her car.

Grismann exited the building and hit the parking lot when she saw an older male hunched over in distress. She did not think twice and ran over to the man asking if he was ok.

The gentleman told her he was short of breath and needed to go to the Emergency Room. Katy acted fast, grabbed a wheelchair from inside and brought the man into Urgent Care.

“The man did suffer cardiac arrest” stated Heidi Dowhaniuk, RN BSN, Clinic Manager of Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine at Mankato Clinic. “Had Katy not taken the time to ask the patient if he needed assistance, or recognized the patient needed immediate medical attention, he would have gone down in the patient parking lot.”

Thankfully, the patient was in an area where resuscitative equipment and staff were available.

“I expect nothing less from Katy. She is a compassionate caregiver,” stated Tom Bania, CNMT, Manager of Mobile Imaging Services at CRL.

What Katy did was amicable. Today, the radiologists and staff at CRL are thankful for those like Katy, who go above and beyond the call of duty for our patients.