Thirty-nine residents seek help at local hospitals Sunday
by Linda Kennedy
Nov 20, 2013 | 4275 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three of the region’s hospitals were all put on alert Sunday afternoon following the deadly tornado that hit the Brookport region. Here is what each hospital reported:

Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis

Fifteen victims were brought to the emergency room at Massac Memorial Hospital, with no admissions.

According to Bill Hartley, hospital CEO, the staff was seeing a range of injuries, from scrapes and cuts to broken bones and head injuries. Three patients were transferred to other facilities by air or ambulance.

However, additional hospital staff that was on scene at Brookport’s triage area saw many tornado victims. “We have a disaster trailer which has supplies, a generator, lights, radio equipment and much more. It was helpful at the scene,” explained Hartley. “With our ambulance service also on scene, we were coordinating their trips to the various hospitals and were the staging area for helicopters and a number of ambulances that had come to the area to help with the storm and to cover Massac County for any other EMS needs.

“Our staff did a great job in coming in to assist during this very tragic time,” added Hartley.

Baptist Health Paducah

According to Angie Kinsey, communications coordinator at Baptist Health Paducah, 11 people come in from the storm. “We discharged five on Sunday. As of Monday afternoon, two residents were in critical condition and three were in good condition,” said Kinsey. One resident, Scholitta Burrus, did die from her injuries after being transported to Baptist Health.

Lacerations, broken bones and head injuries were treated at the Paducah hospital, and no patients were transferred to other facilities.

Baptist Health Paducah president Bill Brown commended hospital and emergency services staff Monday 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.

Several staff nurses treated patients and assisted with triage in Brookport on Sunday.

Lourdes Hospital,


Thirteen area residents were brought to the emergency room at Lourdes Hospital. Seven patients were admitted with five transferred either by helicopter or ambulance to hospitals in Evansville, Ind. or St. Louis.

One patient remained in critical condition Monday afternoon at Lourdes, with one patient being dismissed.

“We were treating a broad spectrum of injuries,” explained David Simmons, Lourdes communications director. “We saw a lot of blunt force trauma from being physically picked up by tornado winds as well as large bone fractures and head injuries.”

Lourdes activated its Code Yellow disaster plan, with staff being called in. “However, we had other employees reporting to the hospital to help out where needed, and our pastoral care group was very active,” added Simmons. “It was indeed a team effort, and our disaster training had prepared us very well for Sunday’s tragic events.”

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