HCA & Las Vegas Tragedy

Las Vegas shooting

Dear HCA Healthcare family,

Monday morning, we awoke to news of yet another tragedy affecting an HCA community.  As the horrific details of the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas became evident, we also learned of the incredible impact it had on our colleagues at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and its sister hospitals, Southern Hills Hospital and Mountain View Hospital.  Even though our hospitals regularly plan for mass casualties, no one could have anticipated the magnitude of this tragic event.

As the closest trauma center to the concert site, Sunrise immediately started receiving patients that arrived by all modes of transportation.  Ultimately, they would care for approximately two hundred victims.  For the entirety of the event, one hundred twenty patients with gunshot wounds received care.  All 30 operating rooms were immediately activated and operated throughout the night and following day.  In all, more than 80 operations were performed.

As a level II trauma center, Sunrise dealt with the most severely injured patients. Southern Hills and Mountain View took those less critical and made sure Sunrise had all the necessary staff, supplies and equipment to manage the situation. Throughout this incredibly well-coordinated effort, our team stayed calm under intense pressure, displayed stellar professionalism and, most importantly, provided superb care to hundreds who needed it in their darkest hour.  As Sunrise CEO Todd Sklamberg noted, it was “an unprecedented response to an unprecedented tragedy.”

While there are still dozens of victims in critical condition, and untold numbers of grieving loved ones from this appalling act of senseless violence, we can take solace in knowing that, when needed most, our teams demonstrated the character, compassion and professionalism that is the true hallmark of the HCA culture.

Please join us in expressing our deepest condolences to all involved, and thanking our Las Vegas colleagues for showing us what it means to better the human condition.

Milton Johnson and Sam Hazen