Pulse Feature ‘Chaos in the ER’ Wins National Award
PULSE FEATURE WINS SECOND PLACE IN NATIONAL CONTEST
WMFE REPORTER ABE ABORAYA’S WINNING DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON HOSPITAL THAT TOOK IN 36 GUNSHOT VICTIMS IN 36 MINUTES
ORLANDO — “Chaos In The ER: How A Mass Shooting Floods Trauma Centers,” by 90.7 WMFE reporter Abe Aboraya earned second place in the long documentary category at the national Public Radio News Directors Inc.’s (PRNDI) 2018 awards competition on Saturday, June 23.
“Abe’s documentary is a compelling piece of journalism that puts listeners inside the emergency room after the Pulse nightclub shooting,” WMFE News Director Catherine Welch said.
“Chaos In The ER” brings the unvarnished story of what happened and what can be learned from one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The documentary centers on Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center in the morning hours of June 12, when a gunman killed 49 and injured more than 50 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
“The Pulse shooting highlights a flaw in the U.S. health care system: The closest hospital gets the most patients in a mass casualty incident.
It’s been documented in research looking at other disasters. And it’s something hospitals have to be prepared for.
“Well, I think you hit the nail on the head,” said Eric Alberts, the director of emergency preparedness for Orlando Health.
Hospitals, Albert said, can no longer think, I’m a general care hospital. I don’t have to worry about events like this.
The PRNDI awards is the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations. The contest covers work produced in 2017. A total of 193 awards were presented to local stations at the PRNDI Awards Banquet at the DoubleTree Center City in Philadelphia, PA. The full list of winners is available here.
Public Radio News Directors Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of public radio journalists. For more information, contact PRNDI Business Manager Christine Paige Diers at (605) 490-3033.
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