Start Your Engines: Ascension Seton Partners with F1 Track


AUSTIN, Texas – (Oct. 30, 2012) – It’s now official – the “Official Healthcare Provider for Circuit of the Americas,” the local force behind the Nov. 16-18 Formula 1 automobile race in Austin, is Ascension Seton.

The agreement calls for Ascension Seton to staff the trauma care facility at the Circuit of the Americas’ race track in Elroy, southeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, during the F1 race, which is expected to attract 120,000 race fans over the three days of racing.

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At all times that weekend, two emergency physicians, a trauma surgeon, a neurosurgeon, 18 nurses and a technician will available to handle any injuries to drivers, pit crew members and others directly involved in the race, said Shirley Borgmann, RN, BSN, UMC Brackenridge emergency department special events manager.

Fans in the stands also will be covered, Borgmann said. Seven first aid technicians will be available at all times in different areas around the track to deal with any relatively minor injuries or illnesses such as nausea or twisted ankles.

Ascension Seton’s agreement with Circuit of the Americas extends further, to provide medical staff for other events at the track over the next year. They include other automobile races, motorcycle races and concerts already planned or being discussed.

The physicians, nurses and other will be working the event in addition to their usual clinical workload. At least one emergency physician, Dr. Corey Fearheiley at Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson, doesn’t mind that at all. His daily routine includes checking five F1 websites and following updates on races and drivers around the world.

“I’ve been a huge racing fan all my life,” said Fearheiley, who has not missed a Formula 1 race since 1991 and collects F1 racing memorabilia. “I’ll be so excited just to be there.”

Fearheiley showed off some of his memorabilia during an interview with KXAN-TV while discussing Ascension Seton’s partnership with Circuit of the Americas.