Ballad Health designated as official healthcare provider for BMS

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 7, 2019 at 4:24 PM

BRISTOL — Ballad Health was announced as the official healthcare, trauma and emergency services provider for Bristol Motor Speedway in a press conference Thursday at the track.

Ballad Health will staff all major BMS events with approximately 85 medical professionals — consisting of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants — as well as an estimated 75 off-duty EMS personnel to provide care for all guests and participants.

There are 10 Ballad Health stations set up on the speedway property during race weekend, including the Ballad Health Infield Care Center — where drivers are taken after a hard accident.

“We pride ourselves on being a world-class facility and safety and security is the No. 1 priority,” said Jerry Caldwell, BMS executive vice president and general manager. “Partnering with a world-class health car facility makes sense.

“It not only showcases what Bristol Motor Speedway has to offer, but our region. It’s a perfect opportunity to welcome guests from all over the world.”

Over the past two years, BMS has welcomed fans from all 50 states and 26 countries. Another large crowd is expected for the Food City 500 race for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series on April 7.

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

Care provided by Ballad Health to BMS guests at the speedway is free of charge. Health-care providers are often busy both inside and outside the track during race weekends.

“When you look at the number of people we bring in for a period of time, a lot of times 3-4 days, you’re going to deal with all the things you would see in daily life in a city,” Caldwell said. “You see everything from headaches, bee stings and upset stomachs to much more serious things like cardiac arrest and having to transport folks. Thankfully, we have Ballad Health standing beside us to address those.”

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