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Lake Granbury Medical Center Treats Tornado Victims

Granbury, Texas – (May 16, 2013) - Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC) put its emergency response plan into action last night, providing high-quality, professional emergency medical services for local residents injured in the devastating storms and tornado that hit our area.

After treating patients and reviewing records for accuracy, LGMC has so-far provided care for 37 patients received at the hospital.

• 15 were transferred to Metroplex hospitals

• 3 patients were admitted for further care, mostly with orthopedic injuries

• 19 were treated and released

Note: In the midst of responding to the medical needs of the tornado victims, some preliminary patient numbers released last night included some duplicate patient counts. 

Chief of Staff, Kyle McCombs, MD, states, “I’ve been at LGMC for over 12 years, and we have never seen a community catastrophe with as many injuries as we did through last night. However, these are the types of disasters that our medical team continuously prepares for. Our hospital disaster response plan and training, in conjunction with the rapid and professional response of our local government and medical community partners, helped to ensure that victims of the storm received the medical help they needed as quickly as possible.”

CEO, Derrick Cuenca, concurs, “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the storm and their families in the aftermath of this disaster. Last night, over 100 staff, nearly 40 physicians and mid-level providers, and a multitude of healthcare professionals who reside in Hood County came together at a moment’s notice to provide medical care for our community. LGMC played an active role with the community’s emergency response network which includes representatives from local government, law enforcement, volunteer fire departments, first responders, EMS crews, and area agencies. LGMC was also in constant contact with North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC) which affords us a wealth of resources and communications capabilities throughout the region.”

LGMC remains fully staffed and ready to care for others who may have been injured last night or may be hurt during recovery efforts.

An LGMC Disaster Information Line has been established for family members who may be trying to locate loved ones – 817.579.2888. Another helpful resource is www.RedCross.org – “Safe & Well” button which will help family search for victims at all area hospitals. Hood County officials have also established an emergency line – 682.498.8010