PAs Help Provide Care to Las Vegas Shooting Victims

It was around 10:08 p.m. that Stephen Paddock opened fire on the more than 20,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The shooting lasted about 10 minutes. Fifty-eight people died and more than 500 people had injuries. Here, three PAs share their stories about providing care in the hours following the tragedy.

Nicole and Edna – Provider/Patient Bonds

Nicole Koch, PA-C, became a PA to make a difference. Each day she strives to better her patients’ lives by educating them on the importance of their health in a caring, honest, and knowledgeable manner. She embodies the best of PAs - not only does she listen, advise, and treat, but she cares deeply for patients like Edna Davis-Brown.

PA LTC Jones Practices Protective Medicine at the White House

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel James Jones, PA, has experienced several dramatic medical moments in his near-decade at the White House. He has also visited 72 countries and every U.S. state in his job, which entails caring for the president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries, key White House personnel, some of their families and tourists visiting the building.

Providing Strength in the Wake of Trauma

Self-defense instructor Katie Thompson worked as an emergency medical technician for several years in South Central Los Angeles, but she always felt she needed to do more. She began shadowing PAs and quickly realized it was the perfect career for her. Soon after graduating from MEDEX Northwest, the PA program at the University of Washington, Thompson accepted a position as a forensic examiner at the Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS) in Van Nuys, Calif.

Breaking Ground as Hawaii’s First PA in Rheumatology

Christina Starks, PA-C, saw a job listing on Craigslist in 2016 for a PA at a rheumatology private practice in Honolulu. The job turned out to be a perfect fit. She became the first PA in rheumatology in the state of Hawaii. Since then, Starks has made an impact on both the profession and her patients.

Playing for the Team

PA Brooke Smith, a former WNBA player, traded in her basketball for a stethoscope.