Hospital Welcomes Fans During Elvis Week
The MED opened its doors to Elvis Presley fans on Tuesday, and dozens showed up for a tour of the trauma center that's named in Presley’s honor. The
tour is an annual event that's part of "Elvis Week" in Memphis, which draws thousands of people to the Bluff City – including Krystal Forbes, who flew from
Albany, N.Y., along with her aunt and grandmother.

“Me and my grandmother do this every year - we've been coming for a little over four or five years,” Forbes said, noting this was her first MED tour. “They
took us down to the Trauma Center and we got to see where it was and everything."

Many make donations that earn them a plaque on the "Elvis Wall" inside The MED.

“Over the years our fans have raised more than a million dollars, just for the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center,” said Tammie Ritchey, executive
director of The MED Foundation. "The MED Foundation started with a donation from the fans. They donated money at the dedication ceremony and it was
about $50,000.”

The money makes a difference for patients, and hospital staff.

“Their dollars go directly to fund equipment that we use for patients,” Ritchey said. “It goes to training for our front line, who have to be highly skilled in
trauma. It’s a very skilled industry, and it’s a very expensive industry. And their donations really help save lives.”

Forbes knows she wants a career in medicine, and now she's thinking of pursuing that career in Memphis: close to her hero, close to his fans.

“To see the amount of people here just for Elvis, and just for the Trauma Center right now, to help support it - it's amazing,” she said
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