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September 18, 2019

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Dozens of shooting victims in critical condition at local hospitals

Mass Shooting on Las Vegas Strip

Yasmina Chavez

Scenes from outside University Medical Center in Las Vegas following a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1, 2017.

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 | 8:47 a.m.

After taking an influx of patients late Sunday into early Monday morning after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, area hospitals are getting back to ordinary operations.

University Medical Center took in 104 patients after Stephen Paddock opened fire on the 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a perch on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.

Of those patients, four died, 12 are in critical condition and 40 victims have been treated and released. The remaining victims are either in fair or serious condition, UMC spokeswoman Danita Cohen said.

“We’re taking care of the patients, and we don’t have the ambulances coming in one after another after another,” Cohen said. “We are taking patients and operating as normal (Monday night).”

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center took in 214 patients, 15 of whom died. A total of 33 patients remained in critical condition. The two other hospitals in the Sunrise Health system — Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center and MountainView Hospital — took in nine patients and eight patients, respectively, with no fatalities.

St. Rose Dominican’s three area hospitals treated 61 victims — 32 at Siena, 19 at San Martin and 10 at Rose de Lima. Five of those victims remain in critical condition.

The number for families searching for loved ones to call is 800-536-9488.

After a hectic day, the Clark County Medical Society applauded the work of emergency responders and hospital workers throughout the valley.

“The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) physicians are among America’s finest and were on the front line, working tirelessly throughout the night, to prevent further loss of life,” said Dr. Joseph Adashek, CCMS president. “Las Vegas’ medical community is a side of Vegas not many get to see, but through this unimaginable attack — with the strength and diligence of our medical community — the city of Las Vegas will rise above this tragedy with resilience and unity.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of last night’s victims, their families and their friends,” Adashek said.

CCMS is working with the Nevada Psychiatric Association to locate mental health professionals for community members, physicians and other medical professionals who seek emotional support and counseling.

“The Nevada Psychiatric Association members express their sympathies to the families of the victims and those injured,” Dr. Leslie Dickson, Nevada Psychiatric Association executive director. “We appreciate that there are often acute and long-term mental health effects of such traumatic experiences, and we are working on identifying psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who are available to help those suffering with these effects.”

If medical professionals want to volunteer their time and efforts to helping the shooting victims at an area hospital, contact the Nevada Psychiatric Association’s office at 702-739-9989 or email at [email protected]