Essentia Health update on Husky Refinery incident

By Maureen Talarico
Essentia Health staff cared for a total of 16 patients on Thursday in response to the incident at Husky Refinery.

One male patient, who suffered a blast injury, was admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center and is listed in good condition. No other information on the patient will be released at this time and the patient’s family asks for privacy and time to heal.

The four other patients seen at St. Mary’s Medical Center yesterday afternoon were treated and released. The five patients seen at St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior were all treated and released.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency staff cared for an additional six patients Thursday evening – all patients suffered minor, evacuation-related injuries, and were treated and released.

In addition to the regularly scheduled staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Emergency Department, extra providers brought in to care for the injured included:

. 10 Emergency Department physicians

. 3 trauma surgeons

. 2 trauma nurse practitioners

. 1 neurosurgeon

. 3 orthopedic surgeons

. 2 anesthesiologists

. 1 plastic surgeon

. Additional nursing staff and support staff

. Both General Surgery and Critical Care/Medical teams were placed on alert

The Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior is reopening at 9 a.m. Friday. Essentia is also currently working to reopen the entire hospital.

The Superior Clinic and Convenient Care also opened at 9 a.m. Friday. Patients who had appointments scheduled for today were rescheduled to other sites, and should proceed to those sites for care.

The Superior Clinic Pharmacy is open. The pharmacy adjacent to Convenient Care at Super One is also open.

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