Assemblyman Martin Visits HGH in Aftermath of June 10 Accident

Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin made a stop at Humboldt General Hospital last week.

The Las Vegas-based Democrat wasn't making a political stop; instead, Martin was on a fact-finding mission regarding the June 10 multiple casualty incident on Interstate 80 near Winnemucca.

"Mr. Martin wanted to find out more about the incident, our local response, and trauma funding at the state level," said Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish.

"We had a nice visit and gave him a tour of our facilities," added Parrish. "I think we were able to give him some good information that he'll be able to use at the legislative level."

June 10, that incident three miles west of Winnemucca closed down Interstate 80 east and westbound and called in every possible medical, law enforcement and fire resource in the region.

Humboldt County Sheriff's Dispatch sent out the call shortly before 5 p.m. after motorists reported near-apocalyptic conditions on the interstate that officials have tentatively attributed to recently cleared fields and high local winds.

The wind and soil combination created white-out conditions resulting in a mass pileup that involved dozens of injured and one dead.

According to preliminary reports, the accident involved 27 total vehicles—19 of them semi trailers. Initially, 26 people were sent to the HGH Emergency Department, including three in critical condition, although more would make their way there through the night.

Parrish said Martin, who serves on the Health and Human Services Committee at the Nevada Legislature, was very interested in the incident's aftermath and how Humboldt General Hospital fit into the response scenario.

He said Martin and his companion, Cristine Miller, toured all departments at Humboldt General Hospital, including the Emergency and Ambulance departments, which were pivotal players in the June 10 incident, as well as the hospital's newly expanded patient care wing.

"We had a good discussion," said Parrish, "and I believe we both agree that regardless of a hospital's location in the state—urban or rural—there should be adequate training, equipment and facilities to care for patients in a very capable way."

Parrish added, "I think we are both hopeful that the state can continue to play a role in making sure that happens."