Pictured from left to right: Charles Laird, COO, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center; Kevin Frieze, Assistant Chief Operations, League City EMS; Dr. Thomas Flowers, Emergency Room Physician, CLRMC; Dr. Bahaeddin Shabaneh, Cardiologist, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center; Tanner Griggs, Neighbor of Survivor; Richard Gengler, Cardiac Survivor; Marcel Braithwaite, SVP Business Operations, Houston Astros

Critical Care Patient Reunited with EMS Crew, First Responders, and Hospital Staff Who Saved His Life

Webster, Texas – Tanner Griggs, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and League City EMS reunited with Gengler since he was discharged from Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Gengler is still undergoing cardiac rehab at the Heart & Vascular Hospital at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, but this was Mr. Gengler’s opportunity to see everyone that helped save his life. The hospital also recognized the League City EMS crew who helped save Gengler’s life. 

Marcel Braithwaite with the Houston Astros had a special announcement for Mr. Gengler, his family, Tanner Grigger, League City and the entire Clear Lake Regional Medical Center staff and doctors. He awarded them with suite tickets as well as a promise to recognize all of them on the field during an Astros game this season.

Richard Gengler awoke on September 10, 2014 not realizing that his life would forever change that day.

The 61-year old went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on his front lawn while playing baseball with Tanner Griggs, a recent Chicago Cubs draft out of Clear Creek High School. Tanner immediately called 911 and was in the process of receiving CPR instructions by dispatch, when League City EMS arrived.

League City EMS quickly administered cold IV fluids as part of hypothermia protocol, but did not get any further in the process as their efforts to stabilize the patient kept them fully occupied. Mr. Gengler arrived at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center without a pulse.

“We had to shock the patient four times before he became stable,” said Dr. Flowers, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s emergency room physician. “Even though Mr. Gengler’s body suffered neurological and multi-organ damages, he is now in full-recovery and able to drive. It will be a source of great satisfaction to see him doing well.”

The rapid assessment between League City EMS and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center led to immediate treatment decisions that saved Gengler’s life.  Gengler has made major adjustments to his lifestyle since the incident including quitting smoking.  He will proudly tell anyone that he is now smoke-free for over three months now.

“I will be forever grateful to Tanner Griggs, League City EMS and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center,” said Gengler. “Being able to receive high-quality healthcare close to home saved my life.” 

“When Ambulance EMTs and paramedics are working in concert with nurses, emergency physicians and specialty physicians, the result is a finely tuned routine that can dramatically reduce the amount of damage a person could potentially suffer,” said Stephen K. Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.

Pictured from left to right: Deborah Hardy, Emergency Room Nurse, CLRMC; Price Blalock, Paramedic, League City EMS; Kevin Frieze, Assistant Chief Operations, League City EMS; Greg Kunkel, Training Officer, League City EMS; Richard Gengler, Cardiac Survivor; Kaitlin Slaughter, Cardiac Rehab Exercise Physiologist, CLRMC; Tanner Griggs, Neighbor of Survivor; Dr. Thomas Flowers, Emergency Room Physician, CLRMC; Marcia Carleton, Emergency Room Nurse, CLRMC

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II Trauma Capabilities, Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at www.clearlakermc.com. For the latest news and updates, visit our website at www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 12 Hospitals, 8 ambulatory surgery centers, 14 diagnostic imaging facilities, 8 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.