DMC Official Medical Provider for Grand PrixJun 8, 2021
“Our team from the DMC coordinates and operates all medical facilities and stations at the Grand Prix during race weekend. We are there to provide care to all of those in attendance, and we work closely with each of the racing series to coordinate care for the competitors as well,” says Dr. Trifun Dimitrijevski, an emergency room physician at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and the deputy medical director of the Grand Prix.
With drivers racing at high speeds, it is critical that a highly skilled team of experts is in place to provide emergency care in the event of an accident. That was never more evident that in a truck series race at the Detroit Grand Prix in 2016. Australian super truck driver Matt Mingay was roaring around the track when his truck turned on its side and hit a concrete wall, ripping open its roof. In the accident Mingay’s jaw was torn off and he suffered 40 broken bones.
On site as the part of the Grand Prix medical team, DMC emergency physicians, including Dr. Dimitrijevski, rushed to his side, keeping the critically injured racer alive for transport to DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, where the new race to save his life began. The Level 1 trauma team performed a series of emergency surgeries, and when Mingay was stabilized, the Oral and Maxillofacial team reattached his jaw and chin. Mingay eventually recovered for his injuries and is still racing today.
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Michigan’s first Level I Trauma Center, is a constant and innovative force in the evolution of emergency medicine. DRH is home to one of the busiest and most well-equipped emergency departments anywhere, training nearly half of practicing emergency medicine physicians in Michigan. The oldest and largest verified burn center in the state is at DRH.