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Ballad Health named BMS health care provider

Hank Hayes • Feb 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ballad Health was designated Thursday as the official health care, trauma and emergency services provider for Bristol Motor Speedway — known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

The partnership means Ballad Health will handle all medical situations at the track’s events at no cost to its guests.

Each race will have 10 stations with a total of about 85 Ballad Health medical professionals — consisting of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants — as well as an estimated 75 off-duty emergency medical services personnel.

“It will be a pretty robust team of people who will be here,” Ballad Health Executive Chairman, President and CEO Alan Levine told reporters.

BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell noted the task involves dealing with hundreds of thousands of people over multiple days.

“We’re going to see a little bit of everything from minor things to much more major, where they need to be transported,” Caldwell said of medical situations at the track. “The safety of our guests and competitors is always No.1 here at Bristol Motor Speedway.”

Levine concluded: “Bristol Motor Speedway is an essential economic driver for our region, bringing hundreds of millions of tourism dollars into our community annually. It’s an attraction that brings thousands of people together, and we know that anytime there are large crowds of people gathered, it’s important for them to know that they can be safe and get help quickly if needed.”

Ballad Health’s first service at the track will be at the Food City 500 weekend on April 5-7.

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