Area Hospitals Honored For Response To West Explosion

By: Amber Johnson Email
By: Amber Johnson Email
Three area hospitals were recognized Wednesday for their response in the aftermath of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West.

Ambulances at West High School stadium. (Photo by Matt Howerton/file)

WEST (October 16, 2013)--Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Hill Regional Hospital, and Providence Healthcare Network received the 2013 Texas Preparedness Leadership Award Wednesday for their response in the aftermath of the April 17 West fertilizer plant explosion.

The Texas Department of State Health Services presented the award Wednesday in Galveston during the Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium.

"(The hospitals) are to be lauded for their collegial approach to managing the needs of the victims and their families and responding to the emergency as a collaborative team rather than competing entities," said Texas Hospital Association President and CEO Dan Stultz.

The Texas Hospital Association nominated the hospitals for their assistance in rehabilitating the town of West, their coordinated response to the tragedy, and for identifying ways to improve future emergency responses.

The Joint Commission recently met with the three hospitals to discuss the lessons learned from the West fertilizer plant explosion in order to improve resources for future response events.

Lori Boyett, RN, BSN, director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Hillcrest, Jan McClure, CEO of Hill Regional, and Jay Scherler, CIO and vice president of finance at Providence accepted the awards.

As many as 300 people were injured in the powerful explosion, which killed 15 and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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