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Hospitals Spring Into Action To Help Storm Victims

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Serena Farrington Serena Farrington
Brent Lemonds Brent Lemonds
Corey Slovis Corey Slovis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hospitals in the greater Nashville area sprang into action to help those seriously injured by Tuesday night's storms.

The emergency room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center went on yellow alert once storm patients arrived.

Twenty two patients were admitted during a four-hour period.

Macon County General Hospital treated 63 people; most people were okay. Twenty people were treated at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Trousdale Medical Center took in 10 people.

"We had multiple casualties all at once," said Brent Lemonds, administrative director of the emergency department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The most critical patients injured by Tuesday's storms were taken to Vanderbilt.

"There were 17 patients we call level one critically ill," said CCC.

Serena Farrington was one of those seventeen. She broke her back when a tornado pulled her and her husband and 2-year-old daughter out of their home.

"We held on as tight as we could hold on," said the Lafayette resident. "It took everything and it took us with it."

Her husband was treated in Bowling Green, Ky.

The little girl is okay, but her husband was badly hurt. She said she can't wait to see him again.

"It was absolutely controlled chaos," said Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt.

"This was like a MASH unit last night," he said. "There were people arriving and as soon as you thought you were getting over the wave, we'd get covered again with more patients."

"The staff here is always ready to take care of whatever rolls through the door," Lemonds said.

Twenty one of the 22 seriously injured storm patients brought to Vanderbilt survived.

"It's a miracle that we're alive," Farrington said. It really, really is."

Doctors, nurses and emergency responders at area hospitals acted quickly to treat storm victims.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the region's only Level One trauma center. That is why the hospital tends to receive the most seriously injured victims.

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