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Level One Trauma

Level One Trauma

Level One Trauma

Level One Trauma

In celebration of Dr. Peter Rhee's new book, "Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in American Cities," PBS 6 will rebroadcast Level One Trauma, Tuesday, June 3 at 8pm.

About the Book “Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities”: On Saturday, January 8, 2011, Dr. Peter Rhee was called into work – on his first day off in weeks – to Tucson's University Medical Center Trauma Center, where 10 gunshot victims were being rushed after a man opened fire on a crowd of people at a local supermarket. One of the victims was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It was a day the nation would never forget, but for Dr. Rhee, it was also just another day on the job, saving lives.

In his gripping memoir, Dr. Rhee recalls that "challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, frustrating, heartbreaking, satisfying, bloody, bloody, bloody day at the office," and the path that led him there. From his youth in South Korea and Uganda – where he once watched his surgeon father remove a spear from a man's belly – to frontline surgery in Iraq and Afghanistan, to trauma centers on the urban battlefields of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Dr. Rhee's life story is so much more than you already know!

You can purchase Dr. Rhee's new book at http://uabookstore.arizona.edu/default.asp

Level One Trauma - The Story

Level One Trauma is a revealing, personal, and gripping look “behind the scenes” at the University of Arizona Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center. This documentary takes the audience inside a trauma unit as first responders, doctors, nurses and other specialists struggle to save lives on a daily basis. It also focuses on very personal stories shared by patients and their families about their survival and care.

With recent tragedies in the news such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, trauma care is in the national spotlight. One in three people is affected by trauma. While the majority of acutely injured people are treated at one of the thousands of emergency rooms nationwide, patients treated at a Level One Trauma Center have a 25% better chance of survival. Every person involved in the emergency, beginning with the 911 operator, is part of a system specifically designed to get trauma victims the best care possible as quickly as possible. Level One Trauma also explores the cost of maintaining such a high level of comprehensive care, and perhaps more importantly, the cost of not having a nearby Level One to the communities they serve.

Production Team

Tom Kleespie

Tom Kleespie
Tom Kleespie is Senior Producer, Special Projects at Arizona Public Media. He has produced national documentaries at AZPM for 25 years including Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice and Unforgettable: The Korean War, the only two AZPM programs on the PBS primetime schedule. He's traveled the deserts of the world for 19 seasons for his work on The Desert Speaks, airing on over 300 PBS stations nationally and is the winner of multiple regional and national awards.

Tom Kleespie

Robert Lindberg
Robert Lindberg joined AZPM as a student in 1986. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1988, he was hired full-time and is now serving as senior videographer. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Phoenix. He served in the United States Navy for 7 years before attending school.

Steve Riggs

Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs joined Arizona Public Media as a senior videographer/editor with 11 years of visual storytelling experience. A native of Phoenix, Steve has traveled to 12 countries and 47 out of the lower 48 states. Steve is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where he studied broadcast journalism and Spanish. He comes from a background in news, but has rounded out his technique with six years in freelance videography.

Steve Bayless

Steve Bayless
In 1994, Steve Bayless joined what was then KUAT-TV as Senior Editor. He has worked on many award-winning programs including The Desert Speaks series, helping it win its many accolades including a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for his efforts on the post-production sound design. His other accomplishments at the station include another Emmy for editing achievements as well as other PBS awards and recognition.

Matt Ehrichs

Matt Ehrichs
Matt Ehrichs has worked at AZPM since the summer of 2011. He started off editing for the award winning Arizona Illustrated and was one of the first students to edit Arizona Week. From there, Matt was given the opportunity to be the first student to professionally edit and collaborate on television stories that would air on AZ Illustrated and Arizona Week. Matt has been nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy for editing and has won a 2012 Gold ADDY Mosaic Award for his work on the promotional series, Get Out the Vote 2012. He will graduate May 2013 with a BA in Film and Television Studies.

University of Arizona Medical Center

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Dr. Peter Rhee

Dr. Peter Rhee
Dr. Rhee is currently the Chief of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns and Emergency Surgery as well as Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona. He is also Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery at University of Arizona and holds the Martin Gluck Endowed Chair. Previously, Dr. Rhee held appointments as Director of the Navy Trauma Training Center; Attending Surgeon at Los Angeles County Medical Center; Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California; and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is a retired US Navy Captain following 24 years of active duty.

Michelle Ziemba

Michelle Ziemba
Michelle Ziemba has spent 20 years in the areas of Emergency Medicine and Trauma. She started out in Wisconsin as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department and then transitioned to a Trauma Program Manager where she developed a Level Two Trauma Center. In 2005 she moved to Arizona to develop the Level One Trauma Center here at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Since 2005, Ziemba has been on the State Trauma Advisory Board for Arizona and was former Chair of the Trauma and EMS Performance Improvement Sub-committee. She has participated in several regional committees and task forces for trauma system support and development. Ziemba has a passion for telemedicine program development and improving access for injured patients in rural areas. She serves as a consultant in the Balkans for telemedicine and trauma system development for the Republics of Kosovo and Albania.

About the Trauma Center

The Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery at the University of Arizona is nationally recognized and best known for its expertise in emergency surgery and trauma care. Its surgeons are also key to the University's general surgery work, performing thousands of these procedures every year.

Trauma Expertise

"Trauma" refers to serious injuries, such as bone fractures, internal bleeding and brain injuries, often due to car crashes, falls and violence. Since 2003, University Medical Center has been the only Level I Trauma Center in Southern Arizona. It is one of the highest-rated trauma centers in the country, staffed by highly trained and experienced specialists around the clock.

The busiest of all trauma centers in Arizona, UAMC serves a population of 1.2 million people from Tucson, Southern Arizona, Western New Mexico and Northern Mexico.

A Guide for Family and Friends of Trauma Patients