During training, Dr. Calhoun quizzes his SWAT colleagues on the steps that need to be taken to stabilize patients before they are taken to an ambulance. Once on the ambulance, patients are transported to UC Medical Center for additional treatment at the region’s only Level I adult trauma center.
After each run-through, Dr. Calhoun reviews what the officers did well medically and what they need to work on when they treat patients. Overall, he applauds their work and trusts their skills.
“They’re really good. If I had an injury, I’d let any of these guys take care of me,” Dr. Calhoun says.
This unique partnership with Cincinnati Police Department is one of many ways that UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic healthcare system, provides the expertise and training to help keep our community safe — both in the hospital and in the field.
“Our emergency medicine physicians and residents work with everyone here in Cincinnati, including Air Care & Mobile Care, Cincinnati Fire Department and SWAT,” Dr. Benoit says.
One thing is clear among the SWAT officers. They appreciate having a physician on the team who can give them lifesaving care if they need it. Michael Winslow, a veteran Cincinnati Police officer and established leader on the SWAT team, values this partnership, knowing he is in good hands during the most difficult situations. He knows that the “SWAT docs” have his back.
“I definitely feel safer with the physicians present,” Officer Winslow says. “I know that if something happens, they are going to keep us safe.”
Few hospital systems in the country feature physicians who are integrated into their local SWAT teams like UC Health. Dr. Benoit, Dr. Calhoun and the rest of UC Health’s SWAT physicians bring all of their expertise into dangerous real-life scenarios, when time is of the essence.
“It’s comforting to know that a doctor is nearby,” Lt. Bender says. “Having a doctor there to provide immediate lifesaving care is invaluable.”