A series of special events were held at the Grand Ole Opry and on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) campus to celebrate Opry Entertainment Group and Vanderbilt Health’s partnership, formed earlier this year.
Through this partnership, Vanderbilt Health is now the official medical provider for all Grand Ole Opry shows as well as concerts and other functions hosted at the Opry and Ryman Auditorium. With this, LifeFlight Event Medicine is onsite to provide EMS coverage for all events.
“Opry Entertainment and Vanderbilt Health have a long history of collaboration, not only in business but also in community wellness, safety and health programs, and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Vanderbilt through these services,” says Pete Weien, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Opry Entertainment Group. “Nashville’s distinctive character as both a vibrant music city and a thriving medical hub makes this an excellent opportunity to further unite our two businesses.”
“Nashville’s two greatest exports are music and healthcare. As leaders in these areas Vanderbilt Health and Opry Entertainment are strengthening our historic partnership to provide enhanced safety and wellness initiatives for patrons of Opry Entertainment’s storied venues. We feel that this collaboration is a win for both organizations, our employees, and for our city at large,” says Stuart Dill, Chief Marketing Officer, Vanderbilt Health.
On Dec. 11, the Grand Ole Opry welcomed VUMC’s hospital chaplains to Monday night’s Opry Country Christmas performance, where Reverend Raye Nell Dyer and Reverend Frank Macht had the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate the Opry barn Christmas lights.
In addition to the Opry celebration, Vanderbilt Health organized two events on the VUMC campus to further highlight the collaboration, which showcased the partnership’s shared commitment to the Nashville community. The events included a holiday experience with an original Ryman Auditorium pew, ticket giveaways and more for VUMC and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt employees.
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