Doctor of Valor: “On Call In Hell”

From treating the traumatic wounds of critically injured Marines on the battlefield during some of the most violent days of the war in Iraq, to selflessly volunteering to put himself in the middle of enemy fire to care for others, American Naval surgeon Richard Jadick is credited with saving the lives of thirty United States military members during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. For his service, he earned the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor.

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Now, he’ll bring his heroic and patriotic story to Columbia to be the keynote speaker at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner on Wednesday, September 11, an important day in our nation’s history.

The dinner and talk with Richard Jadick, DO, will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street at 7:00 p.m. on September 11. Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. You can order tickets by calling 791-2540 or visiting LMCFoundation.com.

In 2004, Dr. Jadick, a lieutenant commander in the Navy who had never experienced real war, volunteered to be a doctor with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment. He shipped out for Iraq five days after the birth of his first child. His service took him to Fallujah, the Iraqi city that was seeing some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

Dr. Jadick’s philosophy was to be as close to the fighting as possible in order to treat wounded service members quickly and increase their chances for survival. He is credited with setting up a makeshift emergency room in the middle of the battlefield by establishing an aid station in the prayer room of an old government building. He treated critically wounded young men with horrible injuries that were at times beyond fathomable. It has been called the worst urban fighting involving Americans since Vietnam. To this day, some of the stories of the men who died bring Dr. Jadick to tears.

Overall, he treated hundreds of wounded Marines and it’s estimated that he helped save 30 lives. Dr. Jadick’s fellow service members say he exemplified courage and bravery like never before in a military doctor. When Dr. Jadick returned home to his family and civilian life, he wrote a book about his experience called “On Call in Hell.”

Importantly, the “Doctor of Valor” event at the convention center on September 11 will also honor first responders and military members.

Table sponsorships are available for $1,000. In addition to corporate sponsorships, sponsors can purchase a table for first responders, military members, police, firefighters and EMS.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

For more information on Doctor of Valor or the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit LMCFoundation.com.

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