Carol Dimm: Respiratory Therapist & Tennis Player
For more than 30 years, Carol Dimm has worked in the medical field. She's spent much of 2020 on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
At Lancaster General Hospital, Dim is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and works as a clinical trainer for Respiratech. She is a specialized healthcare practitioner trained to manage anything involving the heart and lungs.
She's also an active tennis player in the area.
When it comes to her profession, Dimm mentioned that the fight against COVID-19 is truly a collaborative effort with other RRTs, nurses, medical doctors and others at the hospital, as the virus has targeted so many in 2020.
“We manage the ventilators and provide critical breathing treatments for patients,” she said. “All of our critical patients fighting COVID-19 have lung issues.”
With many procedures at the hospital changing on a daily basis, Dimm manages to keep up a positive attitude and always think of how she can help her patients.
“I love helping people and at a time like this, it is vital to engage with our patients as family members and loved ones cannot be there to comfort them," she said.
When Dimm isn’t helping save lives, she can be found out on the tennis court.
About 20 years ago, Carol picked up a racquet for the first time and now, she can’t get enough tennis. She is actively involved with teams at clubs and facilities in the Lancaster area where she loves the team camaraderie.
“I have met so many great people and developed vital friendships which I truly cherish,” she said.
Dimm has been anxiously awaiting her time to get back on the tennis courts as the country continues to adapt during the pandemic. Lately, she has been participating in Hempfield recCenter's Bounce Back Team Challenge, where she's able to compete with other teams at the club in a fun, low pressure, safe environment.
“I hope that as we get back to ‘normal’, that we appreciate our health and appreciate the opportunities we have like playing tennis," she said.
- Carol (pictured on the far right) and her team at USTA League Championships