A group of students from Trousdale School visited the Erlanger Baroness Campus earlier this month to thank the staff for taking care of them during a terrifying moment in their lives.
On a wet July morning, the school’s driver was in route to pick up students when a truck collided into the back of their van at the I-75/East Brainerd exit. The emergency room staff was notified about the accident and prepared to receive the patients.
The driver and seven students were quickly assessed and treated for minor injuries.
School representatives were extremely grateful for the efficiency and support provided by the medical specialists. The staff eased their fears by staying with students and talking to them through the procedures.
While the situation may have been a bit scary for the group, the students were familiar with the process. Thanks to their teachers, they had already learned what patients experience when they are triaged in the emergency room. One of their classes included information on how not to be afraid when accidents happen, and sometimes you may have to go to the hospital. When the students left the hospital, they reported their experience was much like how they practiced in school.
Trousdale School specializes in continuing education for adults, ages 22 years and older, with intellectual disabilities. Many of their classes focus on nourishing the spirit as well as the mind through education, sports, creative arts and social events. Visiting with the Erlanger staff and LIFE FORCE crew members not only impacted the students’ lives, it also made a difference to the staff who received their kindness and appreciation.