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Renown: Care Flight Key to Hawthorne Depot Response

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Medical officials say Care Flight was integral in getting the victims of Monday night's explosion in Hawthorne to treatment in Reno.

"I can say that the first two patients brought in were in critical condition. One did not survive the injuries but the one who did survive probably wouldn't have with out Care Flight getting them here so quickly. I mean Mt. Grant is a fine hospital and they do what they can but they just don't have the resources that we do to treat critically injured patients."

That statement came from a press conference held late Tuesday afternoon as Dr. Michael Morkin was one of five emergency physicians on staff at Renown last night.

"We got the call about 10 last night," said Kurt Althof with Care Flight. "They asked for five aircraft and we sent the three we have and called for back up from Cal Star our neighboring partner. We flew to the site...to the hospital in Hawthorne and halfway to Hawthorne to meet a ground ambulance halfway to get them here quickly."

Althof says this is the kind of emergency they train for and they were glad to be able to help so many people so quickly.

Written by Erin Breen

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