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0 Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Fundraising & Awareness

Sponsoring a Level 1 Trauma center can be a financial drain on a hospital. Feeling the burden of absorbing the extraordinary level of charity care that needs to be provided through their Level 1 trauma center, Vanderbilt decided to have an annual dinner. The dinner had two purposes, to raise money and to raise awareness. A video was to be the centerpiece of the event.


It’s an easy story to tell in one sense – every person involved is a hero – the first responders, EMS, the communications team, flight nurses, pilots, the ED and trauma teams – and especially the patients and families. But getting on a helicopter to go pick up someone who was in the middle of life and suddenly struck by tragedy isn’t easy. First, it’s requires a keen focus on your surroundings and safety. And then there are mental, emotional and physical challenges.


Flight nurses have “safety days” where everyone is required to attend training. I was asked to introduce and show the first video we produced to the nurses at this meeting. I could see and hear the nurses crying during the video and there was complete silence when it was over. I wasn’t sure what to say so I didn’t say anything for a few minutes.   Finally one of the nurses said, “Wow, is that what we do?” And I said, “Yes, that’s what you do.”


People who do great things sometimes get so caught up in the task that they forget to recognize their contribution. Videos change that.

Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem.