IRL: Nazareth Speedway names Lehigh Valley 'official hospital'

Lehigh Valley Hospital Named Nazareth Speedway's Official Health And Wellness Center Nazareth, PA (March 13, 2002) ­ Nazareth Speedway President Craig Rust announced today that Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) will serve as the Official Health and...

Lehigh Valley Hospital Named Nazareth Speedway's Official Health And Wellness Center

Nazareth, PA (March 13, 2002) ­ Nazareth Speedway President Craig Rust announced today that Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) will serve as the Official Health and Wellness Center of Nazareth Speedway for the 2002-2004 racing seasons.

"We are excited about this partnership," said Rust. "Not only will Lehigh Valley Hospital support our racing events through excellent medical coverage with the University MedEvac helicopter, but we also look forward to working with them in the community."

LVH is the region's only burn center and both the hospital and Nazareth Speedway are active supporters of the Burn Prevention Foundation, a cause that Nazareth Speedway has been actively involved in for five years through presenting sponsorship of the annual Guman- Spagnola-Wolf Golf Classic.

"We're proud to partner with Nazareth Speedway as the facility's official health and wellness provider," said Richard Shurgalla, administrative director for emergency services at LVH. "It's an honor for Lehigh Valley Hospital to be entrusted with providing trauma services and other care at a first-class facility like Nazareth. Injury prevention is our priority, and we respect and admire the dedication to promoting safety by this organization and those who participate in events here."

Based in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network is a regional resource center for trauma, burn, kidney transplant, perinatal/neonatal, cardiac and cancer care. The network is comprised of Lehigh Valley Hospital ­ Cedar Crest & I-78, Lehigh Valley Hospital ­ 17th & Chew and Lehigh Valley Hospital -- Muhlenberg, non-profit hospitals, as well as Lehigh Valley Health Services including home health, hospice, sub-acute and rehabilitation, pharmacy, durable medical equipment and health management. Lehigh Valley Hospital's Level I Trauma Center -- which was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania -- offers the highest level of care to the most critically injured patients. It currently is one of only four Level I trauma centers in the state with added qualifications in pediatric trauma care. LVH is one of Pennsylvania's largest teaching hospitals and is a major teaching campus of Penn State's College of Medicine. Additional information is available at www.lvh.org on the Internet.

The road to Indianapolis now runs through Nazareth Speedway as it welcomes the fastest growing open wheel series in the United States ­ the Indy Racing League April 19-21. See open-wheel racing like you have never seen before with names like Al Unser Jr., Scott Sharp, Eddie Cheever and reigning champion Sam Hornish Jr and witness the return of Team Penske to Nazareth in Sunday's Inaugural Firestone Indy 225. The weekend is capped off with the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget Series' adding to the excitement of an action-packed weekend.

Tickets for the 2002 racing season at Nazareth Speedway, including the Inaugural Firestone Indy 225 weekend are now available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Nazareth Speedway ticket office at 1-888-629-RACE or order online at www.nazarethspeedway.com.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar , NASCAR
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Sam Hornis