Chicagoland Speedway has partnered with Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center to meet the emergent health needs of drivers and race fans. Under an exclusive agreement, the Joliet-based Medical Center will offer health services on Speedway premises, including emergency care in the Infield Care Center for the next three years. ?Racing has highly specialized and demanding health needs,? said Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manager, Chicagoland Speedway. ?Our partnership with Provena Saint Joe?s ensures that drivers and race fans alike will have instant access to leading edge medical care treatment right at the track. We are also very happy to add another local Joliet business to the growing list of partners at the Speedway.? According to Thomas A. Reitinger, president and chief executive officer of the Medical Center, ?Our highly skilled team of emergency professionals will provide the specialized level of care needed to handle the various injuries and illnesses related to racing. And, should it be necessary, the comprehensive trauma resources of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center are just a short transport away.? Following an extensive study of emergency care at raceways throughout the nation, the Medical Center developed a program expressly designed for the Speedway, NASCAR, IRL, ARCA and the thousands of fans expected to attend the events. The two-pronged approach includes care for trauma and/or the critically injured and comprehensive urgent aid to handle minor injuries and ailments. ?Racing related injuries require the highest level of treatment response and transport,? said Wendy J. Marshall, M.D., medical director of trauma at the Medical Center and a renown, board-certified trauma surgeon directing the Chicagoland Speedway/Provena Saint Joseph emergency program. ?And large stadium events see a lot of illness related to warm weather, such as heat stroke, dehydration, and even chest pain.? Care will be provided by a team of trauma specialists and registered nurses trained in emergency care and advanced life support at the Speedway. The specialized infield care center or ?mini-hospital? will work in coordination with the many stadium first-aid stations. A medical flight crew and aeromedical ambulance will be ready at all races at Chicagoland Speedway. A specially allocated helipad is located next to the Infield Care Center should air transport to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center be necessary. Critical care ambulances will also be available for ground transport to the Medical Center?s emergency department. Chicagoland Speedway, conveniently located just 30 miles southwest of downtown Chicago on old Historic Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, is a 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval superspeedway with seating for 75,000. Chicagoland Speedway is owned and operated by Raceway Associates, a combined ownership group from International Speedway Corporation (ISC) (NASDAQ/NM: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB), Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation and nine Joliet entrepreneurs. Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center is a leading provider of high quality, multi-specialty health care for the Will and Grundy County communities. The 547-bed facility is the flagship of the Frankfort, Illinois-based Provena Health, the integrated health care delivery network formed by the merger of Franciscan Sisters Healthcare Corporation, ServantCor, and Mercy Center for Health Care Services. Provena Health includes seven hospitals, 13 long-term/residential facilities and over 40 clinics in Illinois and Indiana.
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