New Orleans nurses arrive to help in Kansas City as cases surge

KC nurses provided similar help last spring
Posted at 2:44 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 23:59:35-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eight months after nurses from the Kansas City area traveled to New Orleans to assist during the early throes of the COVID-19 crisis, their colleagues now are returning the favor.

Nurses from Tulane Medical Center were expected to arrive in Kansas City on Friday afternoon to work with fellow nurses at Research Medical Center, according to a release from HCA Midwest Health.

During the spring, nurses from HCA Midwest Health, which owns and operates eight hospitals in the KC region, traveled to New Orleans to lend their assistance treating COVID-19 patients. New Orleans emerged as an early COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S.

Now, as cases surge in the Kansas City area, nurses from New Orleans will provide the same support.

“We are so grateful and humbled that Tulane Medical Center is providing us with additional nurses as we face a COVID surge in Kansas City,” Research Medical Center CEO Ashley McClellan said in the news release. “The synergy of this team effort can’t be emphasized enough — the past eight months have certainly proven that we are indeed stronger together in caring for COVID patients.”

The first nurses from Research Medical Center’s sister hospital in New Orleans will arrive late Friday afternoon. Additional nurses will be dispatched next week, according to HCA Midwest Health.