Thank you to everyone who attended A Night for Heroes 2013, our sixth annual black tie gala honoring the heroes of our community who care for trauma victims and their families. This year that included men and women from TraumaOne, Shands Jacksonville, UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville, Brooks Rehabilitation and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.
Thanks to our generous attendees and sponsors, this year’s sold-out gala raised more than $111,000 for TraumaOne at Shands Jacksonville – The region’s only adult and pediatric Level I Trauma Center.
Below you can see pictures from the event and watch videos about this year’s gala, our 2013 patient honoree Sam Bellet and TraumaOne.
A Night for Heroes 2013
2013 Patient Story: Sam Bellett
2013 Photo Gallery
Photos by Chris McKnight Photography
TraumaOne Trauma Center at Shands Jacksonville
Learn more about the importance and difference of a Level I Trauma Center, by visiting UFandShandsJax.org/traumaone.
Critical Care for Our Community
When TraumaOne began in 1983, it was the first trauma program in the state of Florida. Twenty-eight years later, it is still the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The next closest Level I trauma programs are Shands at University of Florida, Orlando Regional Medical Center and Memorial Health University Medical Center (Savannah, Ga.).
Our qualified team consists of University of Florida trauma surgeons, nurses and others with extensive training in caring for trauma patients. Unlike other hospitals, our surgeons and other health care experts in areas such as neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, to name a few, are available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
More Than Meets the Skies
TraumaOne consists of five components:
The Trauma Center is separate from the Emergency Department and has five designated bays to receive trauma victims. It is staffed
24 hours a day, seven days a week with health care providers specially trained in emergency, trauma and critical care. This team consists of trauma surgeons, PAs and ARNPs, nurses and other highly trained professionals.
Our primary service area includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. John's counties; however, TraumaOne serves a much broader area, including counties in Southeast Georgia. Motor vehicle crashes, motorcycle crashes, falls, pedestrian and other accidents account for nearly 75 percent of trauma cases each year.
TraumaOne flight crews consist of pilots, flight nurses and paramedics. These nurses and paramedics have extensive training and years of experience in caring for trauma patients. Conversely, the pilots have no medical background at all. This is by design. The pilots' decisions must be made purely on their aviation experience. They are not given details of an accident until after they have accepted the call and determined it is safe to fly to the scene based on FAA regulations; this practice prevents pilots from making emotional decisions.
The TraumaOne communications staff dispatches helicopters within a 120-mile service area. They accept all rescue calls for the hospital and notify the trauma, emergency or pediatric emergency teams of incoming patients and their conditions. Additionally, the team plays a vital role in MCIs (mass casualty incidents), serving as a link between the emergency preparedness team; Trauma Center and Emergency Department; city government; and local agencies such as police and fire and rescue departments.
Trauma Prevention and Education
Shands Jacksonville's Trauma Prevention Program began more than 20 years ago to educate children and parents on important safety topics in an effort to reduce the number and severity of injuries. Each year, 15,000-20,000 people are educated about injury prevention through lectures, mock simulations, health fairs, hands-on activities and general distribution of educational materials, helmets and car seats.
TraumaOne's emergency preparedness team is responsible for the safety of patients, visitors and staff throughout Shands Jacksonville's 65-acre campus during natural and man-made disasters, from hurricanes to terrorist threats. The team is also responsible for coordinating the hospital's response to any MCI with the potential to bring in a large number of patients with serious injuries. Examples include a parking garage collapse in downtown Jacksonville in November 2007 and an industrial explosion on the city's Northside just two weeks later.
Ticket sales for the 2013 gala are now closed.
Valet Parking Sponsor
Silent Auction Sponsor
Live Auction Sponsor
Golden Hour Sponsor
Friend of TraumaOne Sponsors
Thank you to all of our 2013 sponsors. This event would not have been possible without you.
Auction sales for the 2013 gala are now closed.
For more information about A Night for Heroes, please contact:
Shands Jacksonville Office of Development
580 West 8th Street, # P-20
Jacksonville, FL 32209
For media inquiries, please call 904-244-3268