It rarely sees action, but the staff at Davis Memorial Hospital brought out their disaster plan after more than 60 patients were injured in Friday's accident involving a log truck and passenger train. ER staff at the hospital more than doubled to make sure that arriving patients were given the best possible care, and that current patients were, too.
"Medical patients that we were caring for in the emergency department at the time were moved over to the day surgery unit. Physicians had to be called in to staff that. So those patients were moved over. Medical-type patients that came in during the vent were filtered over to the day surgery unit," said Senior Charge Nurse Hollis Lipscomb.
Emergency responders from four counties chipped in to help, but they weren't the only ones. The staff of Advanced Hearing Solutions' Elkins office heard about the incident, and decided the best thing they could do to chip in was to help the staff.
"The most help that we could do was just to provide food, so we called and ordered some pizzas, got some water, and went over. I think we delivered 22 pizzas to the hospital, the different departments, and just tried to help out any way we could," said owner Rebecca Higgins.
Of the 60 injured in the crash, about two-thirds were not seriously injured, and were taken to the hospital for comfort care after the wreck. Hospital Marketing Director Tracy Fath said that thanks to the community and the quick response from hospital staff, they were able to handle a tough situation.
"We saw that same collaboration of community and health system come together and really provide for the community, for the patients. That's one thing you try to do is you try to put the patient first," Fath said.
Fath said the last person injured in the accident was set to leave Davis Memorial Monday afternoon.