Trinity Health provides medical care at Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) – The Travelers Championship is one of the busiest tournaments year after year on the PGA Tour. Trinity Health is once again providing medical services to players, their families and their fans.

Although TPC River Highlands is not the longest route on tour, galleries can cover approximately 160 acres of real estate.

“The vast majority of our cases, especially in hot weather, are dehydration and heat related injuries. We also get a fair share of, you know, minor scrapes and cuts and bruises that we take care of,” said Dr. Ben Litman, an emergency physician at St. Francis Hospital.

Located near the clubhouse, Trinity Health has a complex that is set up in what amounts to a near-urgent care center, with plenty of amenities, hospital beds, and ambulance service on hand. .

“We have a whole slew of medication, you know allergy medication, minor pain medication. We have wound care here,” Litman said.

In the event of a medical emergency, Trinity Health uses technology to provide a rapid response. They simulated an emergency for News 8. Thanks to medical aid stations and mobile units along the way, they were able to reach the patient in a timely manner.

“You have seen our dispatch center. So all units have radios. They all have GPS tracking on them. This is how we are able to identify the nearest suitable unit. That’s how we hit our two- to three-minute response time just about anywhere on the course,” said John Quinlavin, chief medical officer at St. Francis Hospital.

They don’t just show up on tournament week. They are already starting to plan next year’s tournament. On January 1, they will really get their feet wet in planning for 2023.