Code Orange Dr. Lisi


Our physician community is truly special. We are all uniquely connected to CGMH and a dedication to this community was demonstrated today.
— Dr. Michael Lisi – Chief of Staff – G&M Hospital


Dr. Michael Lisi - General & Marine Hospital Collingwood
Dr. Michael Lisi – source: Twitter

At the regular meeting of Collingwood Council on Monday February 12th, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson shared an email written by Dr. Michael Lisi to the medical staff of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Saunderson was overcome with emotion as he expressed his gratitude to our hospital staff for their fine work in a crisis.

“… a wonderful job carried out by our hospital and all are alive and doing well! That is an incredible testimony to the power of community and the role our hospital plays in our community.”

Dr. Lisi’s email hammers home the point that Collingwood’s physician community is outstanding. We can all be proud of their fine work under pressure.

The work of the medical staff at the G&M Hospital following the tragic van/bus crash on highway 26 on the afternoon of Friday February 2nd is being celebrated throughout the province’s medical community.


Here is Dr. Lisi’s email:

Dear physicians,

During the afternoon of Friday Feb 2, 2018, six children were among eight people injured after a minivan collided with a bus. The head-on collision occurred on Highway 26 near Wasaga Beach.

All eight injured were in the minivan and were in critical condition. The minivan passengers included two adults, two four-year-olds, one eight-year-old, two 10-year-olds and a 15-year-old.

A CODE ORANGE (mass casualty alert) was called at CGMH when the 8 trauma patients were brought into the Emergency Department within a short time span.

Messaging is going out to our inter-professional team members through our CEO outlining the great role that they played.

CGMH had a phone call come in from a family member of the children and adults you treated. She was in tears and wanted to thank you all for your great job. The staff in Sick kids told them if not for your great job they would have lost their whole family. She was in tears she was so grateful.

I received a personal message for the chief medical officer at Sick Kids Hospital. ‘I was in our command centre last night for our code orange activation. On behalf of SickKids (and the families involved) thanks and kudos to your team. You did a phenomenal job of resuscitating and stabilizing all those kids. My colleagues in the ICU, emerg, OR and the rest of our code orange team all had high praise for the work that you did – thank you!’ I received a personal message for the chief medical officer at Sick Kids Hospital. ‘I was in our command centre last night for our code orange activation. On behalf of SickKids (and the families involved) thanks and kudos to your team. You did a phenomenal job of resuscitating and stabilizing all those kids. My colleagues in the ICU, emerg, OR and the rest of our code orange team all had high praise for the work that you did – thank you!’

I want to personally send a message out to all physicians to state how humbled and proud of what I witnessed.

Our physician community is truly special. We are all uniquely connected to CGMH and a dedication to this community was demonstrated today. Physicians from within the hospital, from their offices, and from their homes dropped what they were doing to come in and rally behind their community hospital. They assisted in the resuscitations, they helped see other patients in the ER see & treat, they reduced dislocated shoulders on patients in the waiting room, they up-staffed the afterhours clinic, they consoled family members, they made phone calls to coordinate with orange/tertiary centers/other community partners, they made difficult decisions about triage and transport, they distributed blood, they picked up a ventilator from Orangeville while they were passing through on the way back home, they stood watch over intubated children awaiting transfer. And much, much, more!!!

Thank you all for being dedicated, compassionate, skilled and engaged. I am truly honoured to be working with you all.

Michael






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