Ryder Trauma Team Stories

"At Any Other Hospital They Call It A Miracle, We Call It A Monday."

At Jackson Health System, miracles are made daily.

To commemorate Ryder Trauma Center’s 25th anniversary, former and current members of the Ryder Trauma team have shared their reflections on the trauma center’s important history, and the impact it has made on them and the South Florida community.

Rudolph Bud Buzzard, RN-CIS

Clinical Informatics Specialist
Information Technology Division

“The stories only intensified our own fears for our families and friends riding out the storm without us as we cared for the injured patients. I was never so proud of the people I worked with than I was during the storm’s aftermath.“

Roger Torres, RN

Trauma Resuscitation Unit
Ryder Trauma Center

“At that moment, as I faded in and out, I had my first real glimpse of what happened behind those electronic doors – but not in the way I had always imagined. I had arrived, but as a patient, not a nurse as I had aspired.“

Angel Alvarez

Occupational Therapist
UM/JM Burn Center Ryder Trauma Center

“For many, it’s hard to see past the shocking, and in some cases disturbing, scenarios that our patients at Ryder Trauma Center experience. However, once you look deeper, you see the humanity and the goodness in those who are being cared for and the caregivers themselves.“

Carol Daley, MSN, ARNP

Trauma Resuscitation Unit
Ryder Trauma Center

“Working the night shift brought all the stories I heard about in the news to life. I was in an environment where I was stimulated, encouraged, and challenged.“

Nicholas Namias, MD, MBA...

Medical Director
Ryder Trauma Center

“The intense commitment of everyone who works at Ryder Trauma is a testament to the good that we do for the community, one patient at a time, and to the world through the generations of trauma care providers who have learned their profession at the center.“

Martha Baker, RN, BSN

SEIU Local 1991 President
Ryder Trauma Center

“At the time, the majority of the injuries we saw were gunshot wounds and stabbings. But we had a very high success rate — about 95 percent of the patients who came through Ryder Trauma survived. We were cutting-edge, delivering some of the best care available anywhere, and still are.“