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Kalen Meredith, who suffered critical injuries following a horrific rollover car accident requiring multiple surgeries and a two-month hospital stay, will be reunited with her emergency and First Responder team to thank them for life-saving measures.

WHO: Trauma patient Kalen Meredith, Research Medical Center Trauma Medical Director, Dr. Mark Lieser and EMS Crews
WHAT: Great Save in Honor of EMS Week
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Media interviews: B-roll at 9:50 a.m. prior to ceremony; interviews available after ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64132

WHY: Research Medical Center will honor and reunite First Responders, physicians, and caregivers with a patient whose life was saved due to quick and courageous actions. Ms. Meredith was in a rollover crash in rural Missouri and suffered life-threatening injuries, including multiple rib and spine fractures, a major liver laceration, bleeding in her pelvis, and shock from blood loss. Due to the critical nature of her injuries, she was life flighted to Research Medical Center. She has since returned home and made a full recovery.

“A Great Save allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative efforts made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients such as Kalen Meredith,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ashley McClellan, FACHE, MBA, MHA. “Trauma patients come to us under very different circumstances, so it's important to us to gather their families and reunite them with their care teams. It's a powerful example of the vital continuum of healthcare.”

“Our trauma and emergency teams have the privilege of partnering with the First Responders who represent some of healthcare's most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts,” says Research Medical Center Trauma Medical Director Mark Lieser, M.D. “Their pre-hospital care and compassionate spirit is nothing short of heroic. And Ms. Meredith's case was the epitome of an entire team of first responders, air ambulance crews and physicians helping to save her life. We can think of no better time to reunite patients and their families with First Responders than EMS Week.”

Research Medical Center's Level I Trauma Center is ACS-verified and designated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and is part of HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City's leading healthcare provider. For more information, visit the Research Medical Center website.