Lake Charles nurses receive honor for aiding Hurricane Harvey victims

Lake Charles nurses receive honor for aiding Hurricane Harvey victims

Two Southwest Louisiana nurses were honored over the weekend for their part in helping Hurricane Harvey victims. The women were recognized at the Annual Nightingale Awards Gala in Baton Rouge.

Hundreds were taken to Burton Coliseum after Hurricane Harvey tore through East Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The aftermath of the Hurricane left thousands displaced from their homes.

Lauren Courville and Lindsey Bufford were nominated for their work in putting together an emergency triage center for patients who arrived at the facility.

Courville says, "It's breathtaking. We weren't expecting to get any kind of statewide recognition for this. We just kind of felt like it was a duty that we were able to help and be called up to do something like this. Really it wasn't without our volunteers that we were really able to get this done so it was definitely a team effort for this."

The ceremony honors excellence in nursing and leadership.

Read the letter of nomination submitted for the award:

In late August 2017 Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding to SE Texas and SW Louisiana resulting in a huge numbers of evacuees.  Burton Coliseum in south Calcasieu Parish was a designated staging point to gather evacuees and bus them to the larger shelters.  However, evacuees ended up staying at the coliseum for extended periods of time.

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