Arizona nurses heading to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 8:05 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 09:16:19-04

Twenty-six Valley nurses from IASIS Healthcare are heading to Texas to relieve current healthcare workers working around the clock. 

Shauna Strickland told ABC15, she was quick to volunteer.

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“There was no question from any of us, much less me that I needed to go help,” said Strickland.

Strickland. who now lives in the San Tan Valley, was heartbroken when she watched a live feed of Hurricane Harvey destroying her home state of Texas.

“South Texas is my home and I just couldn't wait to go give back in any aspect that I could.”

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IASIS Healthcare say the 26 nurses are from Mountain Vista Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

The healthcare company is also sending 70 other nurses from facilities in other states.

"We asked our nurses to see who would want to go as soon as possible, and within an hour, we had 26 volunteers step up to assist," said Eric Paul, IASIS Arizona Market President. "I am appreciative of how many employees we have that are willing to put their lives on hold to go and take care of others.”

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Strickland and her colleagues are expecting to work long shifts and sleep in the hospitals over the next 10 days.

“We have had girls and guys working non-stop, some of them have probably lost their homes and some of them have probably lost their family," Strickland said. "We're all going to work very hard together to do anything that we can, to aid everyone that needs us.”

IASIS officials said they have had all their hospitals remain open during the disaster.