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Medical City Healthcare remembers Allen mall tragedy, survivor gives back

Medical City Healthcare recognizes Allen Premium Outlet tragedy one-year later.

May 01, 2024
Suneetha Pinnamaneni

Dallas, Texas — A survivor of the Allen Premium Outlets tragedy on May 6 is giving back to the hospital that saved her life and to the community by sharing her hope with other trauma victims. Medical City Healthcare is marking the date of the Allen Premium Outlet tragedy in several ways this month, including promoting lifesaving STOP THE BLEED training, paying tribute to healthcare heroes and recognizing a recovered shooting survivor who is now giving back as a Medical City Plano volunteer.

On Mon. May 6, at 3:36 p.m. — the time the shootings occurred in 2023 — Medical City McKinney and Medical City Plano colleagues, patients and visitors will be invited to share a moment of silence, joining the larger Allen and North Texas community in simultaneous remembrance. Medical City Healthcare hospitals received eight patients from the Allen Premium Outlets. Seven were taken to Medical City McKinney, a Level II Trauma Center. A pediatric patient was transferred to Medical City Children’s Hospital. One patient was taken directly from the mall to Medical City Plano. 

“Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones and to those who experienced trauma that day,” says Medical City Healthcare President Allen Harrison. “I am grateful for our expert physicians, clinicians and nurses who worked with tremendous skill and compassion to care for victims and their families in that critical time of need and the weeks and months following, standing alongside first responders and so many others in the community.” 

A year after the shooting, Suneetha Pinnamaneni is expressing her gratitude for the lifesaving care she received by giving back to the community. Pinnamaneni was taken directly from the scene in 2023 to Medical City Plano, a Level I Trauma Center, where she received emergency care followed by expert orthopedic surgeries. Today, she’s regained the use of her forearm, which was severely damaged by gunfire. She now volunteers at Medical City Plano, welcoming visitors and talking with trauma patients “to give them hope.” Pinnamaneni is sharing her story in a new video about giving back with gratitude for the compassionate care she received. 

Before being taken to Medical City Plano, Pinnamaneni received lifesaving emergency care from a first responder who knew STOP THE BLEED® techniques. Knowing how to stop the bleed improves survival chances for people with severe bleeding. May is national STOP THE BLEED MONTH and Medical City Healthcare continues to promote awareness of this training and offer free classes to the community. 

Free STOP THE BLEED classes are offered at several Medical City Healthcare hospitals during May, including Medical City Arlington, Medical Dallas, Medical City Denton and Medical City Plano. The lecture portion of the classes is now also offered virtually. More information on STOP THE BLEED classes and locations is available through individual Medical City Healthcare hospitals and STOP THE BLEED

As one of the region’s largest providers of hospital services, Medical City Healthcare has 11 trauma centers and medical experts specially trained to provide treatment and care to severely injured patients. The health system handled more than 665,000 emergency room visits in 2023. 

Media: Suneetha Pinnamaneni respectfully declines all media interviews but has provided the attached photo and permission to share her video on YouTube.

Published:
May 01, 2024
Location:
Medical City Plano, Medical City McKinney

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