Midland Hospital Won't Charge Train Victims For Medical Expenses 3/9/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
March 9, 2013
MIDLAND,TX – It’s been four months since the tragic train crash that took the lives of 4 veterans in the hunt for heroes parade.
The West Texas community continues to show support for victims and their families.
Today one local hospital that rushed to aid the victims in the crash is helping them once again.
It was a train crash that shook a city and showed the generosity of West Texas.
Now the hospital which treated victims in the November "hunt for heroes" parade crash is taking their spirit of compassion to the next level.
"In light of the tragedy and the difficulty that those families were going to face, we didn't think we should charge them for the car we provided," said Russell Meyers, President & CEO Midland Memorial Hospital.
Midland Memorial Hospital has not sent one bill to train crash victims and made the decision to absorb the cost of each patient.
"The hospital cared for seventeen different patients, as a result of that event…charges of about $375,000," Meyers.
Now the Permian Basin area foundation is stepping up the generosity by donating $100,000 raised by West Texans to offset the cost of medical expenses.
Show of Support founder Terry Johnson says “the public has shown their support by taking care of the victims of this tragic event. The people of this area are an example to the nation of how to respond to a crisis such as the one we experienced on 11-15-12.”