Girl Scouts recognize Reading Hospital Emergency Department as ‘hometown heroes’

Local Girl Scout Troop 1385, based in Douglassville, along with Troop Leaders Kathryn Tilley and Laura Schlegel visited members of the Reading Hospital Emergency Department team on Monday afternoon to recognize them like hometown heroes.

At the end of each Girl Scout cookie season, the girls of Troop 1385 choose who they want to donate cookies to as part of the National Hometown Heroes Appreciation Events.

This year they have chosen to honor and thank the emergency staff at Reading Hospital who treated their Troop Leader, Ms Tilley, as well as to recognize their continued efforts during COVID-19. The troupe will share 84 boxes of cookies with the hospital team.

In October 2021, Ms Tilley suffered anaphylactic shock from a new medicine and was taken to Reading Hospital by ambulance.

“The team saved my life with their quick actions and care,” she says. “Everyone was amazing and attentive and Dr. Kramarski was so kind, patient and told me everything the team was doing while they were treating me.”

Shannon Tilley, daughter of Kathryn and member of the troupe, spoke to the group’s doctors and nurses on behalf of the troupe. “You are someone we can look up to. We admire the staff, doctors and nurses at Reading Hospital for their commitment, dedication and passion in helping others and saving lives. You show us bravery and courage, you continue to fight for lives that are not yours, someone you have never met, and yet you put all your effort into saving lives from strangers.

Henry Kramarski, DO, Emergency Physician at Reading Hospital, said: “We are honored that the Girl Scouts chose our team as their hometown heroes. We are passionate about providing emergency care to the community and are happy that we were able to help Mrs. Tilley when she needed us. She was very ill with extremely low blood pressure when she arrived at the ER I commend the Tilley family for calling 9-1-1 so EMS could begin treatment and alert our team to the symptoms of Mrs. Tilley Their quick action meant that we were fully prepared when Mrs. Tilley arrived.

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