In Tornadoes' Aftermath, SSM Hospitals Support Victims
May 20, 2013
A view of the twister that tore through Shawnee, Okla.
OKLAHOMA CITY - (Updated May 22, 2013) - Devastating tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma on May 19-20 have sent 63 people to SSM hospitals for treatment.
On Monday, May 20, a twister ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla., leaving 24 dead (revised downward), leveling homes and leaving a trail of devastation. Forty-eight storm victims were treated at St. Anthony Hospital, St. Anthony Healthplex South and St. Anthony Healthplex East with the vast majority receiving care for cuts and bruises and then released.
St. Anthony was responding to a request by the Red Cross for the hospital's grief counselors to assist victims at the scene of the devastation. The hospital's mission awareness team was also collecting work gloves and antibacterial hand wipes to donate to the community.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by the devastating storm on Monday," Joe Hodges, regional CEO/president of SSM Health Care Oklahoma, said Tuesday. "They are our families, friends and co-workers, and we grieve their losses.
"Oklahomans have proven their resiliency in the past, and this spirit and support of the community will get us through this tragedy," Hodges said. "Our staff, physicians, and volunteers stand ready to help in the healing process in any way we can."
Victims Include SSM Caregivers
The storm victims include St. Anthony caregivers -- about 40 of their homes in Oklahoma City and Shawnee were either destroyed or badly damaged. Counselors were also available to them and other employees.