Written Memory


January 25, 2013


I worked at Bennett Hospital the night of the flood - we had patients on respirators and oxygen with no power. The generator was in the basement so that didn't help. We just had small flashlights - we learned a lot from that - we now have big flashlights. We kept patients alive by doing CPR - no one died but they didn't transfer patients to St. Johns till next AM.

Also all the records were kept in the basement. Volunteers, mostly nurses, worked to save the records and set up 26 tables. Took each record and hung on rope to dry. They were muddy. After they were dry, we scraped each record with a knife then laid them on the tables alphabetically. Believe we only lost one record. They were all sent to California to microfilm them.



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