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Area hospitals get ‘crash’ course in patient surge



HOW ARE YOU FEELING, MR. SHREK?: Shrek, pictured here in his bed at Klickitat Valley Health, was among several stuffed-animal patients brought to area hospitals April 12 during a Gorge-wide emergency response exercise. Shrek and his companions were on an imaginary bus that crashed in Oregon, sending patients to Hood River, White Salmon, The Dalles, and Goldendale.

The scenario: a Redfox Bus has crashed on Interstate 84, just past the exit to Rowena, Ore., early Thursday morning, April 12. The bus had been en route to Las Vegas when it tipped over. Emergency crews arrive onsite shortly after the accident was reported and worked to free the passengers. Due to the number of injured passengers, they were transported to several facilities including Klickitat Valley Health (KVH), the Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Providence Hood River, and Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. All of the medical facilities activated their Hospital Surge Plans in response to this accident. And to top it all off, there was also a suspected outbreak of measles that caused a mild...

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