Trauma center takes selfie to support safer community

With more than 70 homicides so far in 2014, Indianapolis is on pace to make this year the most violent the city has ever recorded. Such harsh realities are felt by the entire community, and especially by medical staff at the state’s largest trauma center.

Violent injuries rank among the top three reasons why people are taken to the Level I Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital, which treats more than 3,600 patients with traumatic injuries each year. In fact, nearly 15 percent of cases admitted to the center can be traced to preventable acts of violence.

So, in response to the recent surge in violence in the Indianapolis community, more than 160 medical staff members at IU Health Methodist Hospital gathered to take a group selfie in support of WTHR-13’s community-wide “Take the Blue Pledge” initiative to support the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and take a strong stand against violent crimes in the community.

“As Indiana’s largest trauma center, we see the horrific results of violent crime on a daily basis,” said IU Health trauma surgeon Jamie Coleman, M.D. “We’re trained to treat the worst kinds of traumatic injuries here, but we hope that by supporting this community-wide effort, we can help to prevent such tragic events from happening in the first place. Accidents happen, but violence is 100 percent preventable.”

IU Health Methodist Hospital also tends to see more traumatic injuries in July than any other month of the year.

To join this initiative and to take a stand against violence in support of safer communities:

Take a Stand. Make the call. If you see suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
Call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS if you see non-emergency gang or drug activity.