OGDEN -- Instead of cutting a ribbon to celebrate the new naming of a trauma bay at McKay-Dee Hospital, Kayleen Paul cut a strip of surgical tape stretched across the doorway.
The retired director of critical care, emergency and trauma services whom the trauma bay is now named for used a pair of surgical scissors to complete the task. The space formerly referred to as trauma bay no. 1 is now the Kayleen Lund Paul Trauma Bay, thanks to a generous naming gift by the Utah Emergency Physicians.
"Kayleen was very committed to emergency and trauma medicine," said Dr. Tom Wood, an emergency room physician and medical director at McKay-Dee Hospital. "Naming this gift in her honor is very fitting and well-deserved. She leaves behind a legacy not likely to be duplicated."
McKay-Dee Foundation Executive Director Richard Taylor said to know Kayleen Paul is to know the hospital.
"You can definitely say Kayleen Paul is McKay-Dee Hospital," he said. "Even in her retirement, she is still McKay-Dee. She has been so valuable to this hospital and to the people of this hospital. She really coached me and mentored me. She taught me the meaning of the word 'Stat.' "
Paul, who retired earlier this year after 35 years of service, said she is thrilled to have a trauma bay named after her.
"The television series ER was on the air for 15 years and had 124 Emmy nominations. The reason it was so popular was because of the great stories," she said. "After 43 years in emergency and trauma medicine, I can say there were some great stories. There were great stories of people's lives being saved. Great stories of people whose pain was relieved or who went away feeling comforted, reassured or educated."
There were also some very memorable stories, Paul said, such as the patient who leaped out of bed, grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed foam on anyone who crossed his path, or the man who brought in the live snake that bit him so doctors could provide the correct treatment.
Paul said her friends and colleagues made her job so meaningful, along with the emergency physicians who so generously supported the nurses and nursing education.
"They taught me well, supported me and challenged me. I am so appreciative and I am so grateful for this honor," Paul said.
After cutting the ribbon, Paul announced her upcoming 43rd wedding anniversary with her husband Don. The two met at the old Dee Hospital, where she was a unit clerk and he was a house orderly. They returned to the grounds 25 years later and had a picnic directly over the spot in the emergency room where they met.