Texarkana nurses

TEXARKANA, Texas - A group of registered nurses from the Texarkana area are in Beaumont to help ease the impact of flooding in southeast Texas.

The team of 13 registered nurses from CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System loaded up in a van Thursday night to travel to their sister facility CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

The Texarkana nursing staff was notified, and within a few hours they were ready to roll out.

The emergency room in Beaumont is open, but access to the hospital is limited due to floodwaters.

"What's happen at the hospital is the roads coming from the south and west are flooded," explained Louise Thornell, CHRISTUS St. Michael CNO. "You can access them from the north, so a lot of their staff are impacted by the floods."

Thornell said there's also some flooding in the hospital.

"The hospital has accommodated and moved different services to different areas. Our staff will assist in whatever way they need," said Thornell.

Hospital officials say all of the nurses deployed to Beaumont are critical care nurses, and can manage any groups or any patients.

The last time CHRISTUS St. Michael health officials sent a group of nurses from Texarkana to south Texas was in 2017 to help with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.  

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