Comer Construction recognized an emergency room nurse who saved the life of a foreman at a ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Back on February 21, 2023, an employee of Comer Construction, Mike Dykes, was working at a construction site on GBMC’s campus when he started experiencing the signs of a stroke. GBMC nurse, Eric Battenfeld, found Dykes on the ground and immediately provided life-saving care.

Battenfeld loaded Dykes into his personal car and drove him to the Emergency Room while calling ahead for additional support. Nurses met the men in the ambulance bay and promptly started stroke protocol.

Thanks to Battenfeld’s fast actions, Dykes received Tenecteplase (TNK) in 29 minutes – the fastest “door-to-needle” time in GBMC History (at the time). TNK is a protein that can quickly break up blood clots during a stroke.

Dykes was on the GBMC campus for the construction of The Promise Project. This $166 million development initiative of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, encompasses two significant jobs: The Louis and Phyllis Friedman Building and new main entrance, as well as the Sandra R. Berman Pavilion, the new home of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute.

GBMC Nurse Eric Battenfeld with Comer Foreman Mike Dykes

Eric Battenfeld, the life-saving GBMC Nurse, stands with Mike Dykes, the Comer Construction Foreman who’s life he saved.

Mike Dykes Family with GBMC Nurse

Eric Battenfeld, Lucille Dykes (Mike’s Mother), Mike Dykes, Mary Jane Dykes (Mike’s Wife), Steven Dykes (Mike’s Son), Amy Dykes (Mike’s Daughter) and Timmy Dykes (Mike’s Son).

Comer Construction Leadership with GBMC Nurse Eric Battenfeld

Paul Swank (VP of Operations, Susie Comer (President and Treasurer), Eric Battenfeld, Mike Dykes, Dorothy Kuzora (Corporate Secretary)

GBMC ER team with cookies delivered by Comer Construction

Plus Something Sweet for the Team

A week after recognizing Eric Battenfeld, our team went back to the emergency room department with cookies for the entire team. 

About Comer Construction

Comer Construction is a women-owned site construction company specializing in site preparation and underground utilities. Since 1982, they developed a reputation of excellence, built upon strict adherence to a set of values: Safety, Integrity, Quality, Commitment and Teamwork. Comer Construction is certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and by the City of Baltimore as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).