From staff and press reports
The Winston Medical Center in Louisville had 37 patients transferred to various hospitals due to storms damaging the facility on the evening of April 28.
The facility was completely evacuated before the storm. In the aftermath, the facility had two walls down, with damage to a third. Electrical lines were knocked down and vehicles in the parking lot were tossed around. Professionals from the Health Department are assessing the Winston County Medical Center to determine if it must be closed.
Of the 37 patients transferred from WMC, 12 were adults in critical condition, three were children in critical condition, five were adults in serious condition, three were children in serious condition, and 14 adults in fair condition. An additional 50-100 patients were treated and released.
These patients were transported were taken to Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus, Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville and North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Most of the critical patients went to UMMC in Jackson.
These hospitals reached out to WMC in their time of need to offer their services. UMMC, in coordination with the Mississippi State Department of Health and MEMA sent an eight-bed mobile field unit hospital to Louisville and several teams to help local responders assess, triage and treat patients.
The mobile unit, contained in an 18-wheeler truck, staged in the Wal-Mart parking lot since debris and impacted vehicles made access to WMC difficult. As well, the unit has a heavy footprint and requires a large clear, hard surface.
OCH Incident Commander Wes Andrews contacted WMC to assess its needs, and OCH Ambulances were dispatched to Winston County to render care to storm victims. The OCH Emergency Room has received several patients who sustained multiple injuries from the storm including lacerations, abrasions, head injuries and broken bones.
UMMC crews and the mobile field unit will stay in support of the Louisville community as long as they are needed. The OCH Incident Command Center will monitor weather conditions Tuesday and assess needs as they occur.