staff receive awards
The staff of St. Mary’s Hospital received certificates last week from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department for their help in handling an incident last April 8th when an inmate attacked an Idaho County jailer in a patient room at SMH.
Sheriff Larry Dasenbrock, Idaho County Sheriff, awarded a framed certificate to the nursing staff for their appropriate actions during and after the encounter. He also awarded a certificate to Tom Schumacher, SMH Maintenance crew, “…for the invaluable assistance provided to Chief Jailer, Rick Shira…” Schumacher entered the room after shots had been fired and helped subdue the inmate.
“The whole incident lasted maybe six minutes,” said Schumacher, “But, it’s hard to estimate when you’re involved in something like that. The inmate could have shot me or any one else. I just knew something had to be done so I did it.” His wife and son were present for the award ceremony at SMH.
The staff that evening exhibited bravery and courage in a very tense situation. Hopefully, we’ll never have another incident like the one that night, but as a result we have developed new policies and purchased new equipment to help ensure everyone’s future safety, said Sheriff Dasenbrock.
Assistant Chief of Police, Joe Newman, also thanked the St. Mary’s staff for their willingness to work with local law enforcement personnel to meet the health needs of local inmates and to partner with them to develop heightened security measures.
Todd Nida, Chief Administrative Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital staff. Nida was featured in a June 30 issue of Modern Healthcare Magazine. The article described the stepped up security measures being implemented in hospitals around the country.