UPDATE: Hillcrest treats more than 100 injured in explosion

Posted at 2:46 AM, Apr 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 00:45:43-04

Five people remain in in the Hill crest Baptist Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, Thursday. More than 100 people were rushed to Hill crest after an explosion at a Fertilizer plant in West, Wednesday evening.

In all, 28 people had been admitted. Of those five, two are in critical condition and three were classified as serious but stable condition. According to Hill crest CEO Glenn Robinson there have been zero deaths at the hospital.

"We have had over the past less than 24 hours, a total of 285 physicians, nurses and staff that have responded in addition to our normal staff that was here last evening when this event began to unfold. Over the last 19 hours I would say their efforts have truly been heroic," said Robinson in a Thursday afternoon press conference.

At Providence Health Center, 15 people are still in the hospital. One, is in serious buy stable condition. Providence treated more than 65 patients after the blast.

Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple has five victims. Three are in critical condition there including a pediatric patient. The other child is still in serious condition.

Nine people were transported directly from the scene to Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas.

Hill crest had six helicopters in the air transporting people from the scene, Wednesday night after the explosion that shook the city. According Robinson they received the first call around 8:00 p.m. and within minutes classified the situation as a "Code Green," and called in nearly 300 additional staff to help. A code green is called for catastrophic disasters. Robinson says they train for this and are well equipped to handle the situation.

Hill crest is working closely with other local hospitals such as Providence Family Medical Clinic, Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple and McLane Children's Hospital. Robinson says Providence has treated more than 30 patients.

The hospital is part of the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council (HOT-RAC), which is responsible for emergency management in the entire region. Because Hill crest is a level 2-trauma center they are the anchor hospital for the HOT RAC.

Just before Robinson gave a second press conference he addressed the families that had been ushered into the Austin Auditorium and gave them some information. Many of these families have still been unable to get in touch with their injured relatives.