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Hospitals confident in crisis response

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It can often be hard to comprehend tragic incidents when they happen far away from your home.

But what if something like yesterday's shooting in San Bernardino were to happen right here in mid-Michigan? How would we handle it?

“I feel in Saginaw County we have the premiere response in the nation,” said Tom Mynsberg.

Mynsberg is the critical incident manager for Saginaw County.

He said if there was a tragedy, the county is prepared to reduce the disaster.

“We've been working on this for such a long time. There's a tremendous amount of entities that are pre-trained for civilian response. Hospitals, medical care, the government care,” Mynsberg said.

In the case of a mass shooting, sure, many victims would be treated in the field.

But others would be taken here, to the emergency room.

So TV5 visited St. Mary’s in Saginaw to see how they prepare for something like this.

Dr. Samer Kais is the associate director of trauma at St. Mary’s.

“We can certainly handle, essentially, any size trauma that could happen this area,” Kais said.

As a level 2 trauma center, they must be able to treat multiple patients at a time. But, in an extreme case, they can send patients to partner hospitals.

“I don't think the folks in San Bernardino ever thought something like that would happen there, but it could even happen here in Saginaw, Michigan,” Kais said.

The hospital does drills for situations like this, but they can't always prepare for the intensity of a mass shooter incident.

“Our job is not to get involved in the discussion about why it happened, just to be prepared for when it happens,” Kais said.

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