The Beat Goes On

by Lynn Regudon



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/29/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781524618650
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781524618636
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781524618643

About the Book

Lynn Regudon was twenty years old and newly married to a foreign student from India when she took a job as a clerk in the Medical Records Department at King County Hospital, soon transitioning to the admitting office in the Emergency Room. Now Harborview Medical Center, King County Hospital was, and still is, the trauma center and the place where anyone can receive care regardless of the ability to pay. A night in the ER saw victims from all over the city: drunks who needed a safe place to sober up; johns who had been rolled for their money; life-shattering casualties of car accidents and stabbings, and the occasional patient in need of a “foreign body” removal. In The Beat Goes On, Regudon captures a post-war charity hospital emergency room in a time when nurses wore starched white uniforms and white caps, and doctors always knew best; when residents often made the final decisions about patient care. She captures a unique time and place, portraying the humanity of those who work in the dramatic environment of a trauma hospital as well as those outside, like police and ambulance drivers, who make up part of the “ER family.” It details friendships and romances forged, as well as victories and devastations experienced by doctors, nurses, patients and staff alike. Woven throughout is Regudon’s own story, from her first marriage and divorce, when her husband left the country with their toddler daughter, to the intimate connections she made at the hospital as a newly single woman working by night and going to school by day. The Beat Goes On is a captivating and intensely-drawn portrait of one woman’s personal and professional coming of age set against the backdrop of a larger-than-life hospital in a time that feels both foreign and familiar.

About the Author

Lynn Regudon is a retired registered health information administrator (RHIA) and professor of health information technology at Shoreline Community College. She began her career as a file clerk in the Medical Records Department of King County Hospital, but spent most of her eight plus years there in the admitting office of the Emergency Department. She went on to become a medical transcriptionist for the University of Washington Medical Center. A chance remark by her supervisor led her into the medical records field, after which she worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center before taking the position at Shoreline Community College. She has authored articles for professional health information journals, and following retirement in 1995, wrote a memoir, recounting her marriage to her oldest daughter’s Indian father. She also published an article about a family of feral cats in Cats And Kittens magazine. She continued to work part-time in medical transcription until her final retirement at age 82, as a way to keep up with the world of medicine--and out of the bingo halls.