Northwell Health Sends Hurricane Relief WorkersSeptember 13, 2017
Wishing safe travels to team members from our Northwell Health family who went to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The team, consisting of nurses, doctors, pharmacists and surgical technicians, volunteered to help fellow medical teams who are in need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for making Northwell proud!
Northwell President and CEO Michael Dowling and the Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center have been in regular communication to arrange for Northwell staff to help relieve doctors and nurses at the nationally recognized cancer center, most of which have been working non-stop since the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast of Texas on Aug. 25.
“We’ve been in constant contact with [MD Anderson] and they have now told us the types of help they actually need,” Dowling said in a press conference last Friday. “They need a lot of clinicians, physicians and support staff to subsidize and help what they’re doing down there because, as you can imagine, the increasing needs of patients, plus many of the staff at MD Anderson’s homes have been destroyed and they have been working full-time since this calamity began.”
40 Northwell Health volunteers left on Labor Day for one week, followed by two more 40-person teams for a week each. Though they will only be sending 120 staffers, Dowling said more than 500 Northwell employees volunteered to fill those slots.
“There are an extraordinary number of nurses who immediately reached out, saying they wanted to come to not only assist the patients at MD Anderson, but the nurses as well,” Northwell Assistant Vice President of Cancer Service Line Karen Gleason said. “The nurses at Northwell are exceptional. I can’t even begin to explain the compassion for each other and the patients they have. We’re excited to go to help our colleagues down there and give some relief to them so they can have some rest and support to the patients who need to be seen and be treated.”
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