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Baptist Health Paducah president commends staff, EMS

Baptist Health Paducah president Bill Brown commended hospital and emergency services staff today for the quick response to those injured in Sunday’s storms.

 “We practice disaster drills to be prepared for situations like these,” he said, “and our teams worked well with the Emergency Medical Services crews to meet the needs of our neighbors – both the patients with injuries, as well as their concerned family members and friends.”

More than 60 additional doctors and surgeons, nurses and other staff, including two nurses from Baptist’s sister hospital in Madisonville, responded to the hospital’s Code Yellow External Disaster call at 4 p.m. Of 11 people treated, four remain hospitalized today, two in critical condition.

None was transferred out. “As tragic as these disasters are, our community can rest assured that we are prepared to handle mass casualties here,” Brown said. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have lost loved ones and others who are recovering from injuries and property loss. 

Several staff nurses treated patients and assisted with triage in Brookport on Sunday, and today employees are donating to assist with relief efforts. “We are thankful to be part of a caring community that responds with compassion in times like these,” Brown said.

Brown thanked local disaster response teams, including Mercy EMS, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department and Paducah Police Department, for their assistance in coordinating care among local hospitals and agencies.