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Trained for tragedy

from U.S. News & World Report

When a lone gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was ready for the nightmare turned reality. "Things went very, very efficiently, and with almost a calm, 'We're ready for everything' approach," says Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of emergency medicine for the nonprofit health system. "That doesn't happen unless you've practiced before." That practice included a mass casualty training conducted within the last few months at the UPMC Presbyterian campus, which is approximately 2 miles from the synagogue and received five patients following the shooting. more

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