More than 15,000 people will descend on midtown Atlanta this weekend to walk, run or wheelchair through the physically demanding ING Georgia Marathon events in what is predicted to be one of the warmest weekends of the year thus far.
For the second year, Emory Healthcare serves as an official sponsor of the ING Marathon, and is the leading medical provider for the event. To ensure that each participant is provided timely and proper medical attention, a team of volunteers consisting of doctors, nurses and tech professionals from Emory and other local community hospitals will be stationed in four separate tents along the 26.2 mile course.
"An event that is as strenuous and as widely attended as the ING Georgia Marathon - whether it be the full 26.2 mile course or the 13.1 mile half-course - will absolutely demand a tremendous amount of medical resources," says Ian Greenwald, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine in Emory's School of Medicine and co-medical director for this year's marathon.
"As last year, we will have four separate teams, led by a physician and staffed by dedicated nursing and tech volunteers from Emory, other partner community hospitals and Grady EMS, which will be ready to administer care for the simplest of injuries - such as a sprain or cramps, to the most serious, such as a heart attack," says Greenwald. "Since the race route runs directly past both Emory University Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital, the participants will have unparalleled access to quick medical care in the event of an emergency."
In addition to an Emory medical volunteer staff of more than 25, approximately 100 Emory Healthcare employees also will volunteer their time to help in every aspect -- from manning water stations, to staffing medical tents, and even cheering the runners on to the finish line.
"We look at our participation in this event as both a challenge to ourselves and a service to our community," says Greenwald. "While we hope no one will require our services, we definitely want the 15,000 participants and their loved ones to have the peace of mind in knowing we will be there just in case."
To set up an interview with Emory medical team members, please contact Lance M. Skelly in Public Relations by paging 404/686-5500 (ID # 14574).