• Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

UC Health providers receive Key to the City from Cincinnati Mayor for Damar Hamlin response


UC Health providers were awarded a key to the City of Cincinnati from Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval for providing medical care to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin earlier this month.

The ceremony took place at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Greater Cincinnati’s only adult Level I trauma center, where Mr. Hamlin spent a week recovering from an on-field injury sustained on Jan. 2.

“What is so incredibly special is that, while Damar Hamlin’s case was noteworthy due to it being on national television, it was not noteworthy for the care that he got,” Pureval said.  “Every single person, whether they are a professional athlete or someone just off the street, receives the same kind of exceptional, first-in-class care.  We are so grateful for your heroic work, day in and day out.”

Dozens of University of Cincinnati Medical Center physicians, nurses, and clinical and non-clinical support staff joined Mayor Pureval and and Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney for the celebration, representing the thousands of physicians, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical support staff who provide advanced multidisciplinary care at the hospital every day across 90+ specialties and subspecialties.

Mayor Aftab Pureval presents the Key to the City to UC Health trauma providers for their care of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin.

As Greater Cincinnati’s only Level I trauma center for adults, the care teams at University of Cincinnati Medical Center have served the community during other times of emergency, including the Fountain Square mass shooting in September 2018 and the Cameo nightclub mass shooting in 2017.

“As our community’s only adult Level I Trauma Center, UC Medical Center is uniquely equipped to provide and coordinate the highest level of complex care,” said Rob Wiehe, EVP/COO, UC Health & Chief Administrative Officer, University of Cincinnati Medical Center. “These outstanding teams take pride in providing advanced medical care to every member of our community who needs us, every day. We thank you for recognizing them.”

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a part of UC Health, Cincinnati’s only adult academic health system.

Associated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, UC Health teaches the next generation of clinicians and provides patients with the most advanced medical care. Its multidisciplinary teams of trained professionals and experts, along with thousands more, deliver nationally recognized care to more than 500,000 patients from all 50 states each year.