Hurley Medical Center reacts to Las Vegas shooting
FLINT, Mich. --Las Vegas is still reeling from Sunday's massacre.
At least 58 people were killed. It's the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
The shooting happened 2 thousand miles away, but it sent shockwaves across the country.
Right now hospitals in Las Vegas are still helping the hundreds hurt.
Hurley Medical Center stresses they're always ready if something like this happens in our own backyard.
After the gunshots rang out, and thousands of people ran for their lives, hospitals in Las Vegas sprang into action.
“When the trauma light goes off we all kind of appear,” said Donald Scholten.
If Mid-Michigan comes face to face with a mass casualty, Hurley Medical Center quickly shifts gears.
“The entire hospital goes into a mass casualty response. Resources that normally were dedicated to patient care become cases dedicated to mass casualty care,” he said.
In fact, it's something they practice throughout the year.
“Those things we do to interface with the community. Fire, police, so we can put together those practice times,” he said.
The hospital is the only level one trauma center in our region. They earned the title two decades ago after a strict review by the American College Of Surgeons.
“Creates an area where the most seriously injured can come and receive the care they need,” he said.
All the training in the world couldn't prepare hospitals for the chaos in Las Vegas.
“That is an overwhelming amount of injuries. That's like a battlefield that's like you're in Afghanistan. The civilian population has learned from the military but we aren't military,” he said.
Even still, Hurley Medical Center faces trauma, and the possibility of mass casualties head on.
“Trauma has been part of our community for a long time and it will be for the future,” he said.