Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness – Chesterton employees save one of their own

Alan Nelson of Chesterton, center, says his recent, 67th birthday celebration was his best, since, if it weren’t for the efforts of five fellow employees at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness – Chesterton, he may not have survived to see it.


Nelson, a personal trainer and group aquatics instructor, suffered cardiac arrest in December at Omni, later learning it was caused by a previously undetected heart defect. The employees administered CPR and employed an Automatic External Defibrillator. Paramedics arrived, administered Advanced Life Support procedures, and Nelson, who was revived on the scene, was taken to the Chesterton Health and Emergency Center and later to Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City.

Tom Bettenhausen, operations manager of Superior Ambulance Service-Indiana, which has a partnership with the Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, honored the employees’ efforts during a program at the hospital during February, which is American Heart Month, by presenting them an American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Heart Hero Award.

Shown with their awards, are, from left: Stephanie Lambert, Julie Lunde-Giesick and Sarah Hott. Unable to attend were Kenin Zolper and Ashley Richardson. Also pictured, from left, are: Ken Sink, Superior Ambulance-Indiana general manager; Carrie Ranta, Omni operations supervisor; Bettenhausen, and Jill Schneider, Omni program supervisor.

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