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Displaced Medical Workers Staying in Houston

Houston is housing not only evacuees, but also a number of displaced medical workers who escorted their patients here. One employee from the VA hospital in New Orleans shares her experience. With little information and no sign of relief, Pharmacist Louise Doley worked for days inside the New Orleans VA Medical Center. She didn’t know […]

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Houston is housing not only evacuees, but also a number of displaced medical workers who escorted their patients here. One employee from the VA hospital in New Orleans shares her experience.

With little information and no sign of relief, Pharmacist Louise Doley worked for days inside the New Orleans VA Medical Center. She didn’t know what was going on outside because the TVs in the hospital were turned off to save generator power. Since the phones were down she was forced to leave with no knowledge of where her children or family members were.

Doley has since been reunited with her children and knows her sister is safe in a Louisiana shelter, but she also knows her home is under about 30 feet of water. Doley and several other VA employees went back to Louisiana this week to salvage what they could.

In many ways Doley is better off than most of the evacuees, the federal government is paying for her hotel room and travel and she’ll have a guaranteed job at another VA hospital. But she and her co-workers sacrificed their own time and efforts to stay and help their patients and no amount of federal aid will replace what was lost.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

News Director

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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