As one of the five busiest Level-1 Trauma Centers in the country, the Elvis Presley Trauma Center treats an incredible wide variety of critical injuries. The multidisciplinary team is ready around-the-clock to provide lifesaving medical care with skill and compassion.
For one area family, the fulfillment of that mission led to a commitment to giving back.
Ever since her mother was a trauma center patient, Stephanie Singley, owner of the stores Bella Vita Gifts & Interiors, The Back Room by Bella Vita, and Itty Bitty Bella, has helped Regional One Health Foundation support trauma center patients and providers.
Stephanie’s mother spent five weeks in intensive care at Regional One Health after she was kicked by a horse, causing internal injuries. Doctors had to remove one of her kidneys and repair a lacerated liver, and she was also treated for three broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
“The care was absolutely phenomenal. Without Regional One Health, she wouldn’t have lived,” Stephanie said. “We are eternally grateful for what the hospital did to save her.”
During her mother’s ordeal, Stephanie and her dad essentially lived at the Regional One Health Critical Care Waiting Room. In that time, they saw other worried family members whose loved ones were spending even longer periods in the hospital.
“Some people are living up there for weeks and months at a time and sometimes are unable to work while they stay there with their loved ones,” she says. “We were there for roughly a month and a half and we’re so thankful for the team who helped my mom recover.”
Stephanie saw an opportunity to give back. She has delivered meals and treats to the Critical Care Waiting Room and Elvis Presley Trauma Center staff, provided Christmas goodies in honor of her mom’s recovery from her December accident, and hosted a local art showcase at her stores with a percentage of proceeds going to Regional One Health Foundation.
Throughout it all, she has maintained a sense of deep gratitude for the care that allowed her mom to fully heal from her injuries.
“When we came back to bring treats and talk to some of the nurses they’d say they couldn’t believe she isn’t on dialysis because of the extent of her liver damage,” Stephanie said. “But besides her incision you’d never know. We’re so thankful for everyone at Regional One Health.”