Hard at work at WNJ

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- Before the power was restored to Texoma Medical Center, patients were diverted to Wilson N. Jones hospital. Those patients were just a few of many the hospital took in this past week.

While the hospital was spared from the Sherman flood waters, they were flooded with patients who escaped rising waters and came to the hospital for shelter.

More than 100 patients from the Mission Oaks Nursing Home were evacuated to the hospital last week.

Hospital staff says they moved patients around to make room for their new guests.

The pediatric ward was converted into an area for Alzheimer’s patients, and those in for day surgery were sent home to allow for more beds for the nursing home evacuees.

The kitchen staff worked hard to provide hot meals, while the nursing home employees quickly found their patients' medications and helped them adjust to their new setting.

Janice Walker, R.N. at Wilson N. Jones Patient Care, said, "Many of them were very scared and terrified. They were all medically stable. None of them had to be seen through the ER. Many of them were oxygen dependent and needed suctioning and needed a lot of tender loving care and just to calm down and have a fresh warm meal."

Hospital employees say their staff practices disaster-mode regularly and put that practice to good use during the flood.


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  • by Carol Location: Oklahoma on Jun 26, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    Hey Vickie Barker is the best nurse that Wilson N Jones can have. She absolutely dedicated to her patients. Great Job Vickie....
  • by MR. X Location: TEXAS on Jun 26, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    MAY GOD PRAISE WILSON N JONES FOR THEIR GREAT WORK WHEN THE TIME WAS NEEDED.
  • by Tracy Location: Sherman on Jun 26, 2007 at 07:38 AM
    Vickie you did a great job on the news last night! Thank you all for such a good job last week and still taking care of all of our day surgery patients. You are all very much appeciated.
  • by Cindy Location: Sherman on Jun 26, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    Also WNJ had to take on patients from Texoma Medical Center since they had a fire last week.
  • by MR. X Location: TEXAS on Jun 25, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    MAY GOD BLESS WILSON N. JONES HOSPITAL FOR DOING SUCH A GRAND JOB. THANK-YOU WILSON N. JONES HOSPITAL!!
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