Rev Proceeds to Fund Expansion of IU Health Trauma System

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June 08, 2018

Crystal Miller, chief philanthropy officer of Indiana University Health, announced that proceeds from this year's Rev will allow further expansion of the IU Health trauma system to reach more patients in Indiana and ensure better care.

Attendees of Rev, one of Indianapolis’ top annual fundraising events, were invited to vote on proposals for how the funds would be used.

The winning proposal, titled 911: Access Trauma, will:

  • Provide specialized trauma education to more prehospital providers, including critical care nurses and paramedics, and support continuing education for physicians, surgeons and nurses
  • Improve the exchange of patient medical records among providers
  • Buy a new ambulance for the IU Health South Central Region to fill transportation gaps in that part of the state
  • Implement a new telecommunications system in the IU Health Transfer Center, which receives about 500 calls per day requesting patient moves
  • Create a statewide database to track trauma care across all IU Health facilities
  • Provide outpatient resources and injury prevention initiatives.

“This gift will ensure that no matter where you are in Indiana, you can access IU Health trauma care,” said Melissa Hockaday, service line director for trauma and acute care surgery at IU Health. “The IU Health system is the best in the state, but like any complex system, it can always be improved.” Hockaday submitted the winning application.

“The IU Health Foundation is honored to provide Rev proceeds for this important work,” said Miller. “Not only will this gift improve patient outcomes, it will help IU Health continue to find ways to refine its already excellent trauma care. We are grateful to Rev donors and guests who have joined us to support this exciting project.”

Rev, which took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, is the signature event for IU Health Foundation. Rev proceeds support IU Health trauma and critical care programs statewide.

To learn more about the IU Health Foundation—and how you can contribute to expand critical care at the IU Health hospital near you—visit iuhealthfoundation.org.

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