The Friends of the University of Arizona Trauma Center will host the second annual M*A*S*H Bash, a fundraising event for the Level I Trauma Center at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road.
Starting at 6:15 p.m., the museum will be transformed into a camouflaged mobile army surgical hospital mimicking the “M*A*S*H” hit television series. Special guests include Commander Mark Kelly, the astronaut who piloted the final mission for space shuttle Endeavour and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Following the tragic shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, a group of Tucson supporters, recognizing the critical role a Level 1 Trauma Center serves in the community, created the Friends of the University of Arizona Trauma Center. Since 2003, The University of Arizona Medical Center has been the only Level 1 Trauma Center serving Southern Arizona. The cost to provide this critical community service is estimated at more than $47 million a year.
Proceeds from this year’s M*A*S*H Bash will benefit the new burn program at in the UA Trauma Division at UAMC. This will be the first and only inpatient burn program in Southern Arizona. The long-term vision for the trauma center is to build a free-standing trauma center near the hospital that houses additional operating suites, a trauma intensive care unit, neurological rehabilitation services, a burn unit and research laboratories.
“The Tucson community is so supportive of the Trauma Program,” said Peter Rhee, MD, chief of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery and medical director of the Trauma Program at The University of Arizona Medical Center. “Trauma is an important service for any community and we will continue to build the finest trauma center in the United States.”
“Having an excellent trauma program is a necessity for Tucson and Southern Arizona,” said Rainer W. Gruessner, MD, chairman, UA Department of Surgery. “Excellence comes not only from outstanding clinical care, but also from education and research to discover new treatments and retain the high-caliber academic trauma and surgical teams we have at the University of Arizona.”
Tickets are $250. Guests are encouraged to dress in M*A*S*H-era or Asian-style clothing.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.uafoundation.org/events/MASHBash or by calling Kari Schlachtenhaufen, (520) 626-2222.