Delray Medical Center Celebrates Trauma Awareness Day With Former Trauma Patient Reunion 

Former trauma patients and their families visit with caregivers for a “celebration of life”

DELRAY BEACH, FL (5/18/2009) - In honor of Trauma Awareness Month in May, Delray Medical Center hosted a special 'celebration of life' patient reunion event on May 18, 2009 from 2-4p.m. at the hospital. Delray Medical Center's entire trauma system was also recognized for its vital role in saving lives.

“Each member of Delray’s trauma system is essential in the response, treatment and recovery of our patients,” said Michelle Sutton-Epps, Delray Medical Center Trauma Services Director. “We all depend on one another to do our part in saving lives each and every day.”

Former trauma patients and their families enjoyed an afternoon of remembrance and thankfulness for the many lives saved throughout the year. Local EMS providers and members of the Trauma Hawk team were also present to share stories and have an opportunity to witness the end results of their hard work – happy, healthy patients able to be together with their families.

Each trauma patient in attendance was presented with a single tulip and members of Delray Medical Center’s trauma team received gold broken tulip pins. The theme of this year’s event, the broken tulip symbolizes trauma and the healing of lives.

One of the trauma patients who returned to Delray Medical Center this year was Mary Woods. A registered nurse, Woods was severely injured in a car accident on her way home from life support training in August of 2002. Her injuries included kidney and pancreas damage, broken hips, legs, pelvis, shoulder, arm and elbow – none of which could even be repaired for five weeks due to her unstable condition. Her injuries were so severe that her family prepared for the worst. However, despite the odds stacked against her, Delray Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Ivan Puente, was able to give Woods’ a second chance at life. Today, she is back at work as a nurse and enjoying life with her husband and family thanks to the treatment she received by Dr. Puente and the Delray trauma team.

Trauma Awareness Day is part of the national celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week. The purpose is to bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical “front line.”