Four Main Line Health clinicians have been named “Healthcare Heroes 2018” in Main Line Today magazine’s May 2018 issue. Nominated by readers and selected by a panel of judges, these medical professionals are tackling some of modern medicine’s toughest challenges.
The heroes, who will be honored at a special awards luncheon at Springfield Country Club, include:
- Michael Schwien, Lankenau Medical Center
A recent survey showed that more than 85 percent of human-trafficking victims receive health care while in captivity and over 60 percent are seen in hospitals. Lankenau Medical Center Nurse Michael Schwien has created a screening program to help hospital staff identify those being sexually exploited. If human trafficking is suspected, doctors and nurses enact a protocol that involves social workers, hospital security and law enforcement. Schwien’s program will go into effect throughout Main Line Health.
- Dr. Joseph Greco and Joanne Glusman, MSW, Bryn Mawr Family Practice
Dr. Joseph Greco and Joanne Glusman advocate for the medical needs of LGBTQ patients. Many doctors and nurses aren’t aware that LGBTQ patients may have unique medical needs.To remedy that, a new program, initiated at Bryn Mawr Family Practice and Main Line HealthCare Family Medicine in Paoli, has introduced LGBTQ-friendly medical forms, and trained doctors about where to refer patients for specialized medical, psychological and social support. The protocols will be implemented throughout Main Line Health.
- Dr. Bannon Claytor, Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery
Dr. Brannon Claytor connected with underserved patients in Sylhet, Bangladesh, where the plastic surgeon traveled with Rotoplast International to surgically repair cleft lip deformities. Working with a team of volunteer anesthesiologists and nurses, Claytor performed eight to nine surgeries per day for 12 days. The grueling schedule was executed in facilities very different from those at Claytor/Noone Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr. For starters, there was a 10-minute electrical failure. “My head lamp was the only light in the entire OR,” he says. “The patients and their families were utterly overwhelmed at the medical care that could be provided. It was enormously fulfilling. This why a lot of us became physicians and nurses.”