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Laure Rausch named one of top ten Iowa Hospital Heroes

Released: 11/26/12

Laure Rausch Award
Laure Rausch, WMC Paramedic, was honored as one of the top ten Iowa Heroes at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Annual Meeting in Des Moines. Rausch (right) was honored for her dedication to her patient, Darrah Lansing (left), during an ice storm. The pair is pictured at the award ceremony.

Laure Rausch, Winneshiek Medical Center Paramedic Specialist, has been chosen as one of ten Iowa Hospital Heroes for 2011. These outstanding Iowa hospital employees were honored October 11, 2012 at the Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Des Moines.

The Iowa Hospital Heroes Awards program was created in 2007 to recognize hospital employees who have performed a heroic act or tirelessly given their time, talent or expertise to better their hospital, patients or community, with measurable results.  These everyday heroes are the role models for Iowa’s 70,000 hospital employees and the communities they serve.

Rausch has been a paramedic specialist at Winneshiek Medical Center for seven years. She is being recognized for her dedication and response to her patient, Darrah Lansing of Ossian, after Lansing was injured in an auto accident last December. After the ambulance she was responding in slid into a ditch,

Rausch hustled on foot over a mile of ice-covered road to get to the accident, then using only her hands and her compassion, she treated Lansing for nearly five hours before more help could arrive.

“We’re trained on all this fancy equipment, but it comes down to the basics,” Rausch said. “It’s got to be in your heart that you want to help somebody. You have to make the best out of a bad situation.”

Lansing nominated Rausch for a monthly award at WMC. The Star of the Year recipient is chosen from the monthly winners. “After everything she did for me, that was the least I could do,” Lansing said. In her nomination, Lansing wrote, “I will always have a special place in my heart for her – I truly believe she is a hero – and went way beyond what most people would do….I will never be able to thank her enough.”

“I love my job,” Rausch said.

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