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Local hospitals send care packages to Las Vegas medical staff

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas, the sense of community between hospitals across the country has been on full display.

Teams from both Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals recently sent care packages to a Las Vegas hospital staff.

They collected what they call "fellow nurse approved comfort items" and shipped them to the ER staff at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

In the comfort baskets were lotions, chocolates, cards and Pringles.

The Pringles were for Kathy Donovan, a former BJC employee who’s now the chief operating officer at Sunrise and spent the night of the shooting tending to patients.

ER staff at Sunrise have spoken of the calmness through the chaos that night.

“There was blood everywhere and honestly I want to say bodies on stretchers everywhere,” said Director of Emergency Services Dorita Sondereker. “But the patients kept rolling in and we were just trying to find placement for everybody. We knew we had to stay calm, take care of the patients, do triage and keep going.”

As of earlier this week, there were still three shooting victims in critical condition at Sunrise Hospital.

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