MeritCare News Conference Fact Sheet amp Audio File
Spokespeople: Dr. Bruce Pitts, executive vice president, Dr Robert Sticca, general surgeon, and Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney
This morning Mahnomen Health Center received one victim with multiple gun shot wounds. The victim, Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy, Christopher Dewey, 26 years old, was stabilized at Mahnomen Health Center and transferred to MeritCare Hospital via LifeFlight and arrived at 8:25 a.m. We thank the staff in Mahnomen and the first responders for all the work they did to stabilize the victim.
The victim had gun shot wounds to the abdomen. Dr. Robert Sticca, general surgeon, performed the surgery which started at 9:30 a.m. There was an entrance and exit wound with laceration to the liver, which was repaired.
The victim also suffered one gun shot wound to the head resulting in a severe brain injury. Dr. Chad Justesen, neurosurgeon, completed surgery at 1:20 p.m., approximately 4 hours later. Dewey is listed in critical condition. It is too soon to know what his prognosis is.
MeritCare Mahnomen is closed. Mahnomen Health Center is in lock down. Additional supplies, such as blood, MeritCare staff and security were sent to Mahnomen in preparation for the possibility of more victims. Chaplains were also sent to assist.
MeritCare Hospital has Lifeflight remains on the scene in Mahnomen to assist.
Incident Command Center was initiated to access what we need to prepare outside of our normal operation and keep the lines of communication open. Command Center had other staff on call if we needed them, such as surgeons and ER physicians, over all command center manages resources for the system during times of crisis. We were well prepared.
Additional staff were called in and remain on stand-by.