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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Contact: Danita Cohen 
Phone: (702) 810-7403 
Email: danita.cohen@umcsn.com 
Friday, May 10, 2013 
UMC and Caesars Palace Honor Trauma Survivors 

       Life’s most cherished lessons can be learned from those who have survived and overcome traumatic injuries.

       Please join us on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 11:30am inside the Caesars Palace Convention Center, Roman II-IV for the annual Trauma Survivors Celebration.

       During the celebration, UMC Trauma patients will be reunited with the medical team who saved their life.

       “This is our favorite day of the year because we are able to see the great success of our patients who we really didn’t think would make it, and they did!” said UMC’s Trauma Center Director Gregg Fusto. “When you hear incredible injuries these patients survived and how thankful they are for our care and for being alive, there just isn’t a dry eye in the room."

        Patrick Rummerfield, the world’s first fully functional quadriplegic will be the honored guest speaker at this year’s celebration. Patrick was not expected to survive the injuries he sustained in a car crash that left him paralyzed. Today, he is a walking miracle, having set the world’s land speed record and raced in the IronMan Triathlon.

       "I am a survivor myself as I lived through what everyone said I wouldn't," said Patrick Rummerfield. "I wanted to share the lessons I've learned along the way and hopefully share some words of inspiration with those still fighting to recover that remarkable progress can be made, sometimes beyond your wildest dreams!"

        Patrick is the patient relations liaison at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute located on the Johns Hopkins medical campus. He is the author of the memoir “Green Bananas” and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his book in Nevada will be donated to the UMC Trauma Center.

       As the only Level I Trauma and Burn Care Center in the state, UMC Trauma surgeons, nurses, and specialists are in-house around the clock when those life-saving seconds count the most.

      “Our Trauma Team can have an injured patient from our doors to the operating room in less than five minutes, and we have a 97% survival rate with patients who have had less than a 1% chance to live, that’s the kind of care you need when your life depends on it,” said UMC CEO Brian Brannman.

       UMC’s Trauma and Burn Center cares for patients who have been crashes, suffered burns in devastating fires or endured a myriad of other incredibly traumatic injuries. The UMC Trauma Center is the only free-standing Trauma Center west of the Mississippi.

       For more information on UMC’s Trauma Survivors Celebration or to arrange interviews with Trauma Survivors, please call Danita Cohen, Director of Public Relations at 810-7403.

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       About Clark County: Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

       About UMC: UMC is the only public, non-profit hospital in Clark County and operates the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and Organ Transplant Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma, and Lions Burn Care Center. UMC is home to Children’s Hospital of Nevada, the only one of its kind in the Silver State that is recognized by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI.) UMC and Children's Hospital of Nevada offer the highest level of care within 10,000 square miles. UMC is affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and serves as the state’s major clinical campus. Through its affiliation with the School of Medicine, residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, general surgery and pediatrics are offered at UMC. UMC operates several Quick Care and Primary Care clinics around Clark County. UMC is home to several specialty service lines including orthopedics, pediatrics, neonatology, cardiology, neurology, and oncology, among others. Visit www.umcsn.com and childrenshospitalofnevada.org for more information.