Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital went “on bypass” in the early morning, on Aug. 5, as a result of a series of shootings.
Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs told CNN that at its height early Sunday morning, Mount Sinai had 12 trauma patients, which prompted the hospital to go “on bypass,” a specialized term used when hospital refuses to accept ambulance runs and those ambulances are diverted to other trauma centers.
On Sunday, officers of Chicago Police Public Information responded to several multi-victim shooting incidents on the west side of Chicago stemming from gang conflict.
Police Chief Eddie Johnson said in a press conference on Sunday that there were three separate shootings, which resulted in 10 injuries, one of which was fatal. The incidents are all still under investigation.
Revoke could not say when Mount Sinai Hospital, one of five trauma centers in Chicago, went “on bypass,” but said it came “off bypass” at around 6:30 a.m. and has accepted patients.
She also couldn’t say how many times has Mount Sinai Hospital went “on bypass,” but said they had an even busier weekend last year with more than 70 people shot.
“This weekend was not that kind of weekend, but it was enough,” she said.
“From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators — we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed,” Johnson said. “Not only in Chicago but across the country.”