Dr. Christopher Bell, trauma surgeon at Erlanger Health System, and Kristy Kelly at the 30th Anniversary Trauma event. Dr. Bell was one of the physicians on the team who cared for Kristy after she fell 40 feet.
Erlanger Health System on Thursday celebrated Trauma Awareness month and 30 years of providing trauma services in the region as a Level I Trauma Center.
In honor of this milestone, Erlanger hosted an event showcasing the history of the program and three trauma survivors shared their remarkable stories.
Patient stories include: Ashlyn Anderson’s car was struck by another vehicle and a dump truck resulting in a severe brain injury among other injuries. Kristy Kelly was seriously injured when she suffered a high fall landing on concrete resulting in multiple injuries including a head injury. Aiden Brown fell off the front of his family’s pontoon boat and was struck multiple times by the propeller requiring a LIFE FORCE flight to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Erlanger provides the highest level of 24/7 care for critically ill and traumatically injured patients in the region. As southeast Tennessee’s only Level I Trauma Center designated by both Alabama and Tennessee, Erlanger is the comprehensive resource for a 63-county service area, as well as the tertiary care facility central to the area’s Regional Trauma System covering Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
For more information about Erlanger’s Trauma Services visit www.erlanger.org.
Dr. Robert Maxwell, trauma surgeon at Erlanger Health System, Ashlyn Anderson and her father Jay Anderson at the 30th Anniversary Trauma event. Dr. Maxwell was on the team of physicians who cared for Ashlyn after her car was hit by a dump truck.