April 18, 1997

Emmy-winning TV show to film at medical center

Emmy-winning TV show to film at medical center

Beginning April 21, video journalists from The Learning Channel will at VUMC to film faculty and staff of the Emergency Department, the Division of Trauma and other related areas for the Emmy Award-winning program "Trauma: Life in the E.R."

The four-person crew, consisting of a producer and three videographers, will at the medical center for approximately one month to shoot two one-hour episodes of the program. The episodes will begin airing this fall in the United States, Europe and Asia. Currently, "Trauma: Life in the E.R." is the second-highest rated television program in England.

The program seeks to show how the emergency medicine and trauma care delivery system operates in this country by focusing on real doctors, nurses and other health care workers as they go about their work. The program contains no simulated re-creations or staged footage.

Videographers for the program use the latest in television news technology and rely on small, hand-held digital cameras that resemble home video equipment.

VUMC is among seven high-volume, level one trauma centers in the nation to be chosen to be featured in the program's second season. This season, The Learning Channel program has featured the trauma centers of Denver Health Medical (formerly Denver General Hospital), The University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and Tampa General Hospital, among others.