Central High School Student Honored with Award for Outstanding Service in Trauma Response

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UofL Health – UofL Hospital and the J. David Richardson Trauma Center are recognizing a Louisville Central High School student for going above and beyond with the first of its kind Award for Outstanding Service in Trauma Response. Jocelyn Vasquez, a graduating senior, exemplified exceptional character and empathy while shadowing at UofL Hospital during the challenging day on April 10, 2023 when an active shooter opened fire at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville.

As a member of Central High School’s Pre-Med Magnet Program, Jocelyn, a junior at the time, was in the Emergency Department to observe and learn, but she contributed more than that. Jocelyn portrayed “unwavering dedication and willingness to lend a hand,” and served as a “critical piece in the unification process” by providing invaluable support to both patients and staff, according to those who nominated her.

The award was created to honor outstanding youth and adults who demonstrate remarkable courage, compassion and initiative in the face of trauma. The award recipient should embody the spirit of resilience and community support at the lies at the core of the UofL Health mission, and members of UofL Hospital’s trauma team want to recognize Jocelyn for her selflessness, resilience and quick thinking under pressure.

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