Small hospital rises to a big challenge

From the News-Sun:

The call came in Monday at 2:20 p.m.

A tour bus had overturned on U.S. 27, just north of Lake Placid.

The word went out — despite being the smallest hospital in Highlands County, the bulk of the injured passengers were going to be sent to Florida Hospital’s Lake Placid campus because it was so close to the site of the accident.

Over the scanner that sits in the emergency room, the staff listened with horror as one paramedic, just arrived at the scene and not yet out of his ambulance, described seeing 10 to 15 bodies laying on the highway and the roadside.

The 50-bed hospital faced a harrowing test.

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