During the month of May, Indianapolis explodes with activity surrounding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Behind the scenes there is much that is done to prepare for the race and for any potential hazards that come from being a fan or as a driver while racing around a track at over 220 miles per hour.
As the official medical provider for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana University Health provides specially trained physicians and medical staff to treat fans and drivers a like whether it is a first aid need to a complex medical condition. IU Health LifeLine critical care transport is available and on-site for the Speedway during race month, and while no one hopes LifeLine will ever have take flight from the track on race day, the plans are in place to provide fast and safe transport to victims of potential crashes.
This year however, before the start of the Indy 500, the entire crowd should be very happy to see LifeLine take flight. The LifeLine helicopter will do a special flyover in celebration of IU Health’s long-standing partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. LifeLine will drop off one lucky Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health patient, and member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kids Club, who will then be given a victory lap around the historic race track, ending with a drop off the green start flag at the starting line.
Beginning as part of Emergency Services at Methodist Hospital in 1979, IU Health LifeLine has expanded to bring the skilled resources of IU Health to communities throughout Indiana and beyond. Throughout history, LifeLine has provided safe, rapid transport for patients of all ages. In the month of May, LifeLine has been crucial in providing critical care for drivers who have been injured at the track.