MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, WVU Healthcare’s Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center (JMMTC) is celebrating the hard work of all the individuals who comprise the trauma system – from first responders to physicians and nurses to rehabilitation staff – with its Night of Recognition at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center.

“Trauma is one of those fields where it takes a variety of specialized healthcare providers each providing their expertise to bring patients from injury through recovery,” Alison Wilson, M.D., director of the Trauma Center, said. “This event allows us to thank all the people who help us do what we do.”

The stories of three patients who survived horrific accidents will be told throughout the evening. Each patient and representatives of each stage of his or her care will be presented with a Cornerstone of Recovery Award. More than 90 awards will be presented. The three patients who will be honored this year include:
•    Wesley Dennis, 57, of Markleysburg, Pa., who was injured in a car accident
•    Chris Redelman, 21, of Fairmont, who was injured in a car accident
•    Graham Sterling, 10, of Masontown, Pa., who was injured in an ATV accident

“All three of these patients sustained major injuries as a result of their accidents. Through the hard work and dedication of every member of the trauma system, these patients made remarkable recoveries,” Dr. Wilson said. “By recognizing each step of their care, the patients and the care providers themselves can see just how many people were responsible for saving their lives.”

Through sponsorship and ticket sales, proceeds from the Night of Recognition will provide crucial funds to the School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery to help support the life-saving work of the JMMTC, which provides outreach, teaching, research and service to the trauma system team, communities and families.

The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center was created in the 1980s with the assistance and support of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and is named for his grandson, who died as a result of an automobile crash. Each year, the Trauma Center treats more than 3,000 patients from all over West Virginia, as well as those from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

For more information: Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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