Waukegan, IL,(April 5, 2013)- Vista Medical Center East, 1324 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan, today received and treated six students who were passengers on a school bus involved in an accident in Wadsworth, Ill., headed to Newport Elementary School. The students ranged in age from 5 – 11 and began arriving in the Emergency Department at Vista East shortly after the crash reportedly occurred at 8 a.m.
All six students were immediately triaged with their conditions assessed by Vista’s Emergency Department staff of physicians and nurses. An 11-year-old female was in fair condition after sustaining a skull fracture. She was stabilized and later transported by ambulance to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The remaining two boys and three girls treated at Vista were assessed to be in good condition. After a few hours of observation and testing, these five children were released from the hospital to their parents.
Shortly after being notified of the accident by local emergency responders, Vista Health System activated its Emergency Operations Plan and set up a Control Center on site to coordinate all related activities. Additional Vista physicians, surgeons, nurses and medical technicians were on hand in the Emergency Department in the event that a large number of patients were brought to Vista Medical Center East. This helped to ensure fast and efficient triage and care for the incoming patients.
In addition, Vista’s staff worked quickly to contact the parents of the patients. Vista provided food and refreshments for family members in a designated waiting area throughout the morning and early afternoon.
Along with the six children at Vista East, two adults who were in one of the other vehicles involved in the crash presented themselves to the Emergency Department at Vista Medical Center West, 2615 W. Washington St., Waukegan. They were tested for injuries, underwent observation, and released.
Vista Health System has three Emergency Departments serving Lake County. They include Vista Medical Center East, which is certified as a Level 2 Trauma Center, Vista Medical Center West, and the Vista Freestanding Emergency Center located on the Vista Lindenhurst Campus, 1050 Red Oak Lane, at the corner of Grand Ave. and Deep Lake Road.
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085