Friday, Oct. 6, 2017|11:32 a.m.
Healthcare workers from University Medical Center, Daybreak Health center and other medical facilities were recognized today for their life-saving efforts dealing with the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
Healthcare facilities around the valley were flooded with injured after a gunman shot into the crowd at a music celebration from the 32nd flooring of Mandalay Bay, killing 58 and wounding almost 500 individuals.
Today’s event and blood drive was arranged by of the Nevada chapter of Service Worker International Union Local 1107, which represents health care workers. Hundreds of union members participated in the event.
Luisa Blue, executive vice president of the local union, said the shooting took an “emotional toll” on healthcare employees that they “will have to deal with for a long period of time.”
University Medical Center CEO Mason Van Houweling said that without the preparation and efforts of many medical professionals, things could have turned out much even worse.
“I understand we drill and drill frequently for these things, and it might have been a lot worse if we had not done that,” Houweling said. “I know a great deal of you are still sweating off of adrenalin, and there are still great deals of patients to look after. But we have to make certain we’re taking care of ourselves, too.”
Regional, state and federal politicians likewise attended today’s event to thank medical workers.