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Northwoods hospital credits quick thinking in intense situation


Officials at a Northwoods hospital credit quick thinking and teamwork in dealing with a school bus crash Tuesday night.

The crash sent 16 people to the hospital when a pickup truck collided with the bus.

"When you hear school bus, all the flags go off," Lt. Steve Krueger from Wisconsin State Patrol said.

Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk has roughly 10 people on staff every night. But, when a call came in that 15 students had been involved in a bus crash, they wasted no time.

"Just with the number of people that were in house, it was definitely..we needed more help," Carmen Viguet, Director of Patient Services at Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital said. "We implemented our emergency disaster plan. It gets put in to motion by contacting all staff both in the hospital and those at home."

23 extra staff members were called in for assistance.

"When stuff like incidents like last night come up it just reinforces that we do a very good job of everybody pulling together," Viguet said.

Doug Duchac is the hospital's emergency preparedness coordinator. He says as soon as he heard what happened, his team was all hands on deck.

"We have good team building, and just jump in and help them when they need help," Duchac said.

Many students were brought to the hospital as a precaution. Each one was checked out by a member of the medical staff. But, hospital leaders say the main goal was keeping everyone calm.

"We had staff members that could sit with them, clinic members that could stay with them. Parents did get here quickly," Viguet explained.

And in the end, officials say the teamwork paid off.

"As a community we just always pull together," Viguet said.

Hospital leaders will take part in a critique and review meeting Thursday morning. There they will discuss how well the emergency disaster plan was implemented and what they can improve on.

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