Behind the scenes at VUMC for the season premiere of “Nashville”

from Craig Boerner:

ABC's "Nashville" filmed part of its season premiere episode at VUMC. Photo by Lauren Holland

Vanderbilt University Medical Center was at the heart of last night’s season premiere of ABC’s “Nashville,” with several scenes featuring main character Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) recovering in the Critical Care Tower of Vanderbilt University Hospital following her motor vehicle accident.

Rayna’s bed was in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), the candlelight vigil for Rayna featuring Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) was filmed at the Medical Center East entrance off 21st Avenue South, the ultrasound appointment featuring Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) was filmed at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute in the Bill Wilkerson Center and the shot of Rayna and her father talking at the end of the episode, with the stunning view of downtown Nashville in the backdrop, was filmed on the patio of Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute.

Behind the scenes, Kevin High, trauma resuscitation manager and associate in Emergency Medicine, served as a medical consultant for the ICU filming, and ultrasonographer Amy Frazier served as a consultant for the ultrasound scene. Emergency Department nurses Jenna Jones and Frankie Gallian and LifeFlight nurses Rachel Jones and Jessica Van Meter were characters in the episode.  You may have also recognized the atrium on the 6th floor of the Critical Care Tower, where Juliette comforts Rayna’s daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella).

Under a nighttime summer sky outside VUMC, crew members and extras work on a scene featuring a candlelight vigil for "Nashville" character Rayna Jaymes. Photo by Lauren Holland


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