Stillwater’s Lakeview Hospital Plans for Summer Set Music and Camping Festival
(Stillwater, Minn.) Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater has developed a robust action plan to ensure that quality care is provided to patients who might sustain injuries or become ill at the annual Summer Set Music and Camping Festival in Somerset, Wisc. on Aug. 14-16. Last year, there were more than 60 requests for ambulances for festival-goers and more than half of those requests required transport to Lakeview Hospital, Westfields Hospital & Clinic (New Richmond, Wisc.), Hudson Hospital & Clinic, and Regions Hospital (St. Paul, Minn.).
Ted Wegleitner, President of Lakeview Hospital, says in previous years, there have been a significant number of patients who seek care – walk-ins or EMS transports – at Lakeview Hospital as of result of injuries, illnesses or overdoses sustained at the music and camping festival. “Each year,” explains Wegleitner, “we want to make sure that we are prepared to address the varying patient care demands that result from the festival.” Wegleitner says the Lakeview festival plan was developed using past experiences with the Hospital Incident Command System as the foundation and includes adjusting staff ratios in various areas of the hospital including the Emergency Department (ED), Surgery, the ICU and Respiratory Therapy. “These are the areas that typically provide the care that festival participants need.” Wegleitner says that the hospital also has a contingency plan in place in the event that the patient census and type of injuries escalate. “We have a strategy in place to work with Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic to provide additional support if needed.”
This year’s festival plan has more medical staff on-site at the concert location. Jon Muller, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Manager, Lakeview Hospital, says there will be an increased presence of EMS personnel and ambulances. He says there will be dedicated ambulance coverage at the event. “Beginning at 8 a.m. on the first day of the festival through the last day, there will be 24/7 ambulance coverage,” says Jon. He explains that from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.—peak times of the event—there will be three ambulances dedicated at the festival; and from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be two ambulances
on-site. Lakeview EMS has contracted with New Richmond EMS and Lakes Region EMS to help augment the EMS coverage during the peak times of the event each day. “These dedicated EMS resources are over and above our normal daily operation plan for ambulance coverage and will not decrease any of our primary ambulances from the 9-1-1 system response,” says Muller.
In the medical tent at the 2015 festival, there will be emergency medicine physicians for 16 hours each day of the festival as well as nurses and paramedics. “We are always committed to providing the best and most efficient care to our patients and a plan such as this one, ensures that we can do so,” Wegleitner says.