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Utah Nurses Assist With Post-Irma Medical Aid

Timpanogos Regional Hospital

Several Utah nurses are in Florida this week helping with the emergency response to Hurricane Irma. 

Six nurses from Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem are among the hundreds of volunteers who’ve traveled to Florida to help local medical centers in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Mike Graul is a spokesman for the hospital.

“We had a total of 44 nurses volunteer and only six were sent so far,” he says. “And depending on how it goes today there may be more that are sent.”

Graul says their personnel were sent to hospitals within their network in northern and western Florida, out of the direct path of the storm.

They’ll be assisting local emergency rooms with what’s expected to be a surge of injuries during and after the hurricane.

“And then they’re also there to help with the influx of patients that have been transferred out of hospitals in areas that were more directly in the path of the hurricane,” he says.

Graul says their staff could be their for up two weeks depending on the scale of the damage.

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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