GUEST COMMENTARY: Calm, compassionate caring shines in the face of calamity

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Calm, compassionate caring shines in the face of calamityBy Dr. James Callaghan nwitimes.com
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Emergency situations can bring out the best in people, and there was no truer example than the way our community responded in the aftermath of the recent Interstate 94 motor vehicle accident.

First, on behalf of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, our prayers are with the families of the deceased and with those injured.

Next, we thank the first responders, who acted with such diligence, care and poise during the most stressful circumstances. Their cooperation with our hospital physicians and nurses, many of whom came in on their time off and also performed brilliantly in providing life-saving care, exhibited the same team spirit shown just last year when all were called upon to rescue and treat the boy saved in the miracle at Mount Baldy.

In conjunction with our fire, police and county emergency colleagues, we activated our emergency response plan when the scope of the accident became known. Hospital and physician staffs remained in place after hours to care for the injured, and we notified additional staff to stand by. We cared for 13 patients injured in the accident, some of whom required hospitalization here. We worked with the first responders to triage and treat those patients.

Thanks also to the community members who brought refreshments to the accident scene and to our Emergency Department, and otherwise volunteered to help.

We know the news media took an intense interest in this large accident and in how our community handled the emergency. We are proud to have been part of an effective and life-saving response. We should be proud once again as members of our Michigan City and LaPorte County community.

God bless you all.

James Callaghan, M.D., is president of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City. The opinions are the writer's.

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