9 CHOA nurses to help NICU babies in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

Another local entity is sending manpower to Texas to help in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.

Eight nurses from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta traveled to Houston to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, and attended orientation Monday. Another nurse will join them this weekend.

The nurses, most of whom will be there for two weeks, will take care of newborns while nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey tend to their own families.

Fifty Children’s nurses volunteered to go, a spokeswoman said.

“(The nurses’) commitment to each other, our patients and our community amazes our nurse leaders every day,” she said. “Our nurses value partnering with the community when there is an identified healthcare need, and we work to support them in those endeavors as best we can.”

The nurses who will work in Houston are Julie Brady, Elizabeth Butler, Alyssa Ghazalie, Lauren Warren, Brooke Maclean, Rebecca Capra, Eileen Murray, Kathryn McGee and Sarah Hash.

The CHOA nurses follow the path of others who have made the trek from metro Atlanta.

After the powerful storm, thirteen tractor trailers full of supplies left from the American Red Cross warehouse in Union City. Separately, several Atlanta Humane Society employees were deployed to assist in the field with immediate animal welfare needs while AHS took in animals from the Houston SPCA.

And Cox Media Group — including WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, News 95-5 and AM 750, KISS 104.1, B98.5 and 97.1 The River — organized a Convoy of Care and sent five semi-trucks full of water to Texas. Tom Jones from Channel 2 Action News traveled along to deliver the half-million water bottles.

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