UNM Hospital will be the subject of a nationally televised one-hour program to be broadcast on The Learning Channel on Monday, Sept 24. The TRAUMA: Life in the ER episode titled "Mind Over Matter" will premier at 6 p.m. and air again at 9 p.m.

TRAUMA: Life in the ER is a weekly series that covers real-time life saving activities in major trauma centers across the nation. The series is produced by New York Times Television for The Learning Channel. UNM Hospital was selected as a location for the filming due to the large rural population the hospital serves and because the hospital is the only Level One trauma center in New Mexico. The episode is the first of two separate episodes featuring UNM Hospital. The second is expected air November 19.

New York Times Television sent a three-person video crew to UNM Hospital in February and March of this year. They covered the trauma center and other hospital operations 24 hours a day for more than four weeks. During their stay, they produced about 200 hours of videotape which was edited into the two one-hour episodes.

About 40 doctors, nurses, technicians and others will appear in the first episode. The producers of TRAUMA: Life in the ER obtained written consent from all patients depicted in the program as well as hospital staff members.

Those interested in seeing the program should check their local cable listings for the channel on which The Learning Channel is carried.


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