Dr. John Holcomb, professor of surgery, is featured in the new Lifetime television docudrama.
Dr. John Holcomb, professor of surgery, is featured in the new Lifetime television docudrama.

Memorial Hermann and Lifetime have announced the premiere of Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston, a six-episode docudrama series that will air on Lifetime, beginning Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

The UTHealth Medical School hosted a screening for faculty, staff, residents, and students of the first episode Feb. 26.

Highlighting not only the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team but also Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital staff, nurses, and affiliated physicians from UTHealth Medical School, the original series will give viewers a front row seat to all of the real-life action inside the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, one of the nation’s busiest Level I trauma centers, following the clinicians as they deal with high-risk, high-stress situations while racing against the clock to save the lives of their patients in critical condition.

“Lifetime has an outstanding reputation for exciting, high-quality programming – both scripted and unscripted. We’re thrilled to partner with them for this unique opportunity to show the public how a busy Level I trauma center operates. Everyone will be able to see firsthand just how much, and how many, it takes to save a life,” said Craig Cordola, regional president of Memorial Hermann. “The work our employees and physicians do every day is truly inspiring, and our hope is that this will serve as an unofficial tribute to all hospital employees out there who sacrifice so much every day to be there for all of us in our greatest time of need.”

Lifetime will air two back-to-back episodes of the show every Monday for three weeks, ending March 16.

Memorial Hermann says it sees the series as a rare and ideal opportunity to provide not just the local community but a national audience with vital injury prevention education.

“A trauma occurs every four seconds in the United States making traumatic injury the leading cause of death and disability for Americans under the age of 44,” said Dr. John Holcomb, director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery and director of the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute. “However, trauma is largely preventable, and Memorial Hermann is committed to advancing the health of the community through a focus on injury prevention. Our goal remains to reduce the number of traumatic events we see at our hospital every day, and this show strengthens that commitment by offering our community – and all Americans – critical injury prevention education that could very well save someone’s life.”

“Now the entire country will know what the city of Houston has known for decades: we have an extraordinary team here at Memorial Hermann-TMC, and the service we provide our community every day is truly unrivaled – working tirelessly to save lives while delivering the highest quality of patient care and the best possible experience for every patient, family, and member of the community,” Cordola said.

Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston was created by The Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Executive Produced by Timothy Scott Bogart (Platinum Hit), Gary A. Randall (The Glades) and Brad Bogart (Majors & Minors).

-Memorial Hermann