Gearing up for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

What does it take to provide medical coverage for an international sporting event? A lot.

This September, more than 1,000 elite athletes from 75 countries and 450,000 spectators will arrive in Richmond for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Throughout the nine day event, VCU Health will be in an ultra-state of readiness—prepared to care for every manner of medical emergency—from sunburn and road rash to major pile ups and heart attacks.

VCU will be the epicenter of race activities .
The race course runs through both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. More than 50 healthcare providers will be delivering first aid and emergency medical intervention in the field. Emergency/trauma, orthopedic and internal medicine physicians; nurses; physical and occupational therapists; sports medicine providers; paramedics and medics will staff medical tents at 5th and Broad Streets and various strategic locations throughout the city.

From September 19-27, all eyes will be focused on Ricmond and the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

But for the 11,000 team members at VCU Health it will be business as usual. Throughout the week, all medical operations will continue—outpatient appointments will be kept, surgeries will be performed, emergency and trauma care will be delivered and babies will be born.

For 24 months, VCU Health has been working with state and local government, city planners, police, fire, EMT providers, Richmond 2015, Medalist Sports and others to coordinate emergency preparedness for this event.

But as the region's only Level I Trauma Center, VCU Health lives in a perpetual state of readiness. So when it comes to the 2015 UCI Road World Championships: bring it on.

We are ready to shift into high gear.