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Army Specialist Goes Extra Mile for Patient

02/15/2018

By Kalila Fleming

WRNMMC Command Communications

Commitment, compassion and empathy for others are the adjectives Navy Capt.  Elizabeth Vogel-Rogers uses to describe the work ethic of Army Spc. Gyanendra Sah.
Vogel-Rogers, department chief of the 5th and 7th floors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, explained that Sah, who works in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, “ensured the safety of a former patient, and in doing so very well may have saved [the patient’s] life,” during an encounter late last year in Building 2.
The encounter began when the former patient approached Sah, on his lunch break at the time in one of Building 2’s dining facilities, and stated, “I need to talk to you. I don't think I want to do this anymore. I’m done.”
Sah, a shift leader on IPU who also helps to maintain a safe, healthy therapeutic environment for patients on the deck, sat down with the patient and talked with him for about 45 minutes before escorting him to his scheduled appointment and performing a safe hand-off with a member of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic, according to Vogel-Rogers. “[Sah] is a role model for us all,” she added.
The Army specialist explained he talked to the patient about importance of going to all medical appointments and following the medical board process until it was completed. “I [informed] the patient that all the medical appointments are important because they help determine the kind of help needed after discharge from the military,” Sah stated.
He said he also discussed with the patient the importance of planning for the future while still in the military, and even asked the patient about the patient’s family.
A few weeks after the incident, Sah met with the patient, who thanked him for staying and talking with him that day.
Army Capt. Angela Mansingh, Sah’s supervisor,said, “I am so proud of [Sah], as are his peers and supervisors. He is the epitome of a professional, compassionate and humble Soldier. The best thing about this story is that this is reflective of who [Sah] is every day when no one is watching. It’s an honor to serve with him and watch him live the Army values.”
Originally from Dharan, Nepal, Sah came to the United Sates in 2008 as an international student to study biological and environmental science, earning a master’s degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He joined the U.S.Army as a behavioral health specialist in November 2014 through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program during his student visa status
Sah said the most rewarding aspect of his job is when he hears a patient say, “Thank you for your help,” or “Thank you for listening to me.” He added that he sees a diverse group of patients, and that he is motivated in helping them get back to full functionality and normalcy.
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