Kalispell Regional Healthcare officials confirmed on Sunday that over 50 people were injured and transported in Saturday's deck collapse at Glacier Camp, south of Lakeside.
Thirty-six of the patients were treated in the Flathead area, with nine at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish and 27 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Kalispell Regional Healthcare spokeswoman Mellody Sharpton said in a statement that significant numbers of orthopedic and neurological injuries required immediate surgery, including both open and closed long bone and ankle fractures. Two people remain in critical condition.
The A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance team transported two patients from the scene of the collapse, while one flight medic remained on scene to assist with ground transportation of other patients.
“Our medical teams did a tremendous job, performing like a well-oiled machine,” said Pat Rankin, MD, KRH Chief Physician Executive. “Countless staff responded, even those who were not on call.”
Statements from people on scene indicate that people were attending a memorial service at Glacier Camp.
Glacier Camp is owned by Glacier Presbytery, and operates as a Presbyterian Church Camp. MTN has not yet received a response from the camp or Presbytery, but their website notes that the staff are at a retreat over the weekend of June 17 to 18.
On its webpage, Glacier Camp says the structure, named Spruce Lodge, includes 10 thousand square feet of wrap-around deck space.
"Spruce Lodge is a top notch log cabin-style facility built in 2004 — ideal for group retreats, family gatherings and celebrations," the website says.
Agencies from across Flathead and Lake counties responded to the Mass Casualty Incident call, including Lakeside QRU, Rollins Fire, Polson Rural Fire, Chief Cliff Fire, Smith Valley EMS, Evergreen EMS, Whitefish EMS, West Valley EMS, Polson Ambulance, and Big Fork EMS.
Other air response and ambulance services responded. The status of injured persons transported to other hospitals is unknown at this time.
The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.
We will have more information as it becomes available.