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Obama recognizes Conway Regional among first responders

Posted: May 7, 2014 - 5:20pm
Amanda Irby, Conway Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department Director, was encouraged to take a selfie with President Barack Obama by her 14-year-old son Logan Lamp, an eighth grader at Vilonia Junior High.
Amanda Irby, Conway Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department Director, was encouraged to take a selfie with President Barack Obama by her 14-year-old son Logan Lamp, an eighth grader at Vilonia Junior High.

Editor's Note: The interview, meeting and photo taken with President Obama took place at City Hall in Vilonia. President Obama's itinerary did not include the city of Conway. 

When President Barack Obama walked up to Amanda Irby, Emergency Department Director for Conway Regional Medical Center, he started thanking her for the hospital’s life-saving efforts before she had the chance to introduce herself.

Irby was among the group of first responders selected to meet with Obama during his visit to the state after an E4 tornado tore through Faulkner County on April 27, initially killing 11 people and an unborn infant a week later.

“When it was my turn he saw my name badge and recognized Conway Regional,” Irby said. “He thanked and applauded us on our efforts that Sunday night.”

On April 27, Conway Regional Medical Center had about 100 patients come to the Emergency Room in a matter of hours, Irby said. More than half were critically injured, she said.

“Our initial plan was to have our main ER designated for critical patients and the outpatient interventional area used for severally injured but not critical and more stable patients,” Irby said.

After the first group of patients came to the hospital, Irby quickly realized a third area was needed, she said, so the short stay/outpatient unit was turned into an area for stable patients.

“We essentially had 3 ERs going at the same time to get everyone treated,” Irby said.

The hospital admitted nine patients, two of whom went straight to emergency surgery, and one patient was admitted to critical care. Ten patients were transferred to Little Rock hospitals, four of which were children.

Obama thanked the hospital staff for their dedication to the profession, and for helping storm survivors and their families, Irby said.

Irby said the ER staff could not have done what they did that night without the help of the entire hospital.

During a disaster, Irby said, the emergency department initiates its disaster plan, calling every staff member in to the ER.

There are approximately 75 members on the ER staff, including 10 physicians, Irby said, but that night, staff members from across the hospital came to the ER’s aid including labor and delivery nurses, surgeons, lab technicians and respiratory therapists.

“The recognition for the staff and the families and the appreciation for the work that’s been done is greatly appreciated,” Irby said. “To have everyone’s efforts applauded, and the outpouring of support — it’s been unbelievable.”

Sen. Mark Pryor’s office coordinated Irby’s meeting with Obama in order for Conway Regional to have representation among first responders who were recognized Wednesday.

Irby’s 14-year-old son Logan Lamp, an eighth grader at Vilonia Junior High, asked his mom if she could get a selfie with Obama if she got the chance during his meeting with first responders.

When all interviews were finished, and the group picture had been taken, Irby asked a favor of the President.

“I said, ‘I have a 14-year-old at the school where you landed who wants me to get a selfie with you.”

By the look on Obama’s face, he must have been more than happy to accommodate Irby’s request.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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TruthDetector
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TruthDetector 05/07/14 - 09:30 pm
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Meanwhile.....

While Irby and Obama snapped "selfies" to advance Mr. Career politician, Mark Pryor's campaign the ER was cordoned off and shut down for four solid hours!!!!! Way to go Conway Regional!!! My wife told me about an elderly woman who had tripped on a curb, fell and hit her face breaking her nose and bleeding heavily. She was taken to the ER by ambulance at 11:30 AM from 4 blocks away.....While she sat in pain in the waiting room curtains were put up, doors closed and she and others were not even attended to until after 3:00 PM......EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH CRMC SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!

Michelle Corbet
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Michelle Corbet 05/08/14 - 11:57 am
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Editor's Note: The interview,

Editor's Note: The interview, meeting and photo taken with President Obama took place at City Hall in Vilonia. President Obama's itinerary did not include the city of Conway.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 05/08/14 - 12:10 pm
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Hey now!

We don't concern ourselves with facts around here. We are hunting the truth!!!111!!!

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 05/08/14 - 12:10 pm
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Maybe..

Maybe it was a typo. The story was really 1% truthful rather than 100%. Having been a patient in the ER myself, I know they DO pull the curtains in the room sometimes. :-)

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/08/14 - 01:43 pm
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Me too observer

Got to chill when someone gets in my face at my age. But I doubt it.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 05/08/14 - 03:39 pm
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OK. We understand that some

OK. We understand that some people saw the photo of President Obama and the Conway Regional Emergency Department director and assumed that the President was at Conway Regional.

He wasn't. That picture was taken at Vilonia's city hall. We understand the confusion.

Now, at the same time Obama was in Vilonia, Conway Regional's emergency room was busy. The patient mentioned by the truth detector was triaged at 11:30, in a room at 1:30 and discharged at 3:30, according to hospital records.

The emergency room did not — and does not — shut down, hospital administrators said. But there was about a 3-hour wait for most ER patients. We are confident that this was not Obama's fault.

We hope this clears up any confusion.

Thanks for reading.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 05/08/14 - 03:58 pm
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so you're saying

it' Mark Pryor's fault?

Just kidding, thanks for the clarification.

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lachowsj 05/08/14 - 06:25 pm
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Thanks, Joe

Thanks for getting on top of that unsubstantiated allegation. I guess the free forum you provide means we have to put up with some of this kind of stuff. Glad you could stop it before it could spread too far.

TruthDetector
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TruthDetector 05/08/14 - 05:15 pm
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This is the 100% truth....

Don't call me a liar. I know for a 100% fact that the curtains were pulled, the doors were closed and no patients were seen. An elderly woman sat bleeding and in pain from 11:30 to 3:00 in the waiting room of the Conway Regional Medical Center Emergency Room on Wed May the 7th while Obama was on the ground.....Maybe it's secret service protocol that ER's be on standby while the POS is on the ground and near by. I never said he was in the building. And please...no name calling. I didn't insult you. How would you feel if your grandmother had fallen, broken her nose and was not attended to for over 3 hours??? If I had the lady's permission I would post her name up...She said that security came through and pulled all the curtains and closed all the doors and everything came to a halt....Now, go wipe the egg off your face.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/09/14 - 04:52 am
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"Maybe it's secret service

"Maybe it's secret service protocol that ER's be on standby while the POS is on the ground and near by. I never said he was in the building. And please...no name calling. I didn't insult you. How would you feel if your grandmother had fallen, broken her nose and was not attended to for over 3 hours???"

OH MY GOD!

Please no name-calling...delusions of grandeur okay, but no name-calling. Maybe you should worry 'about your psychological disorder...ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome).

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