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The Quiet Champions of Healing and Hope

Sarah Cutler, Di Lewis, Sarah Ryther Francom

October 1, 2012

Lt. Dennis Vincent, SWAT team commander, says Bryce keeps track of and maintains the team’s medical records, including blood types and vaccinations. Bryce also trains with the team and joins them on all of their calls. While Vincent says Bryce hasn’t had to use his trauma training on a call, the team knows he could be called into action at any point, whether to help a team member, suspect or victim.

In the command center, Bryce doesn’t just wait for something to happen—he creates an emergency medical evacuation plan for each call the team goes on and stays involved by tracking officers and helping transcribe information. And it’s good to know someone is on the team with everyone’s medical information, says Vincent. If something should happen to a team member, Bryce would be at the hospital with all necessary documentation and background knowledge.

Volunteering is an important American value, Bryce says, and is a passion of his. He says he hopes to see “a wave of volunteers” supporting those who protect communities.

Dr. Jack Crosland
Pro-bono Surgeon,
Ogden Regional Medical Center,
Midtown Community Health Center

After nearly 30 years of orthopedic surgeries at Ogden Regional Medical Center, Dr. Jack Crosland retired. But he can’t seem to stay out of the operating room.

The orthopedic specialist has been performing pro-bono surgeries at Ogden Regional for the last three years. He’s also been in the office at Ogden’s Midtown Community Health Center two or more days a week for the last six years.

In addition to the volunteer work he does in Utah, Crosland has traveled the world helping people who cannot afford basic needs, much less expensive operations. Crosland says one story that stands out was a 6-year-old girl in Africa whose hand had been fused to her arm after a fire. The skin contracted as it healed, leaving her wrist bent back 180 degrees and the top of her hand stuck to her forearm.

Crosland operated to release her fingers and did a skin graft, but had to leave before her recovery was complete. “I got a call from a guy a few months later saying, ‘You would not believe how well she is doing,’” Crosland says.

It’s knowing the difference his work can make for people that makes it so rewarding, he says. And for anyone thinking about volunteering, Crosland’s advice is simple: “Do it! If you’re passionate about this, it is very rewarding.”

His hard work and generous nature extends to donating his own time and expertise as well as working with vendors and everyone on his team to get supplies donated or at a reduced price. He also mentors and encourages the surgical team.

“Our entire operating room staff absolutely loves working with Dr. Crosland,” says Lori Gordon, director of surgical services at Ogden Regional. “We admire that he is so passionate about patients who need surgical care but cannot afford the cost.”

Community Outreach
Dr. Catherine R. deVries
Professor of Surgery, University of Utah; Director, University of Utah Center for Global Surgery

While a student in high school, Dr. Catherine R. deVries planned to join the Peace Corps—she always wanted to give something back to the world. As she looked further into the organization, she realized that to truly make a long-term impact, she needed to find a career in which she could devote her life to helping others. Today, she serves as a professor of surgery and director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery, where she works with colleagues and students to enhance telehealth and surgical cost reduction projects in Utah and in remote regions around the world.

DeVries has many roles in which she remains dedicated to improving the health of individuals. In addition to her directorship of the Center for Global Surgery, deVries has a clinical and academic practice at Primary Children’s Medical Center in pediatric urology. She also she serves as the president of  IVUmed, a nonprofit organization in which she teaches urology in impoverished countries and low-resource areas across the Intermountain West.

DeVries recently managed the first Global Surgery Conference, an event that brought healthcare leaders from around the world together to discuss prominent health issues impacting impoverished areas. “Through the Global Surgery Conference, we wanted to take advantage of the very deep base of knowledge available in Utah and other states and countries to help underdeveloped areas build the infrastructure to offer affordable and sustainable surgery to all who need it,” she says.

Eric George Vogel, DDS
Owner, Vogel Dental
Founder, Share a Smile

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