A full-length feature story published in the El Paso Times yesterday recounts the experiences of trauma surgeons at San Antonio’s University Hospital as they worked to save the lives of nine victims of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting in early November. The trauma team at University Hospital, includes NTI founding board member and Director of Trauma, Dr. Ronald Stewart, who assessed patients as they arrived that chaotic afternoon and directed their care.
As one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in South Texas, University Hospital received the largest number of casualties from the shooting, which occurred about 50 miles away. Brooke Army Medical Center received eight patients from the shooting that day. As circumstance would have it, the two trauma centers had jointly run a drill earlier in the year to prepare for just such a tragic event, which their staffs hoped they would never witness.
-by Pam Bixby, Pam@NatTrauma..org