Still, their common sacrifice was extraordinary.
There were 24 patients on Noland’s independent long-term care unit, which leases space on the fourth floor of Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center. They needed care, snow or no snow.
A crew of 16 nurses, medical technicians, a respiratory therapist and administrators spent Tuesday night at Noland or provided reinforcements so that those who spent the night could go home Wednesday.
Some caught naps on Noland’s solarium couches or in unoccupied hospital beds. Nurse Trina Woods, the director of clinical services, got about 30 minutes of sleep.
Woods was also among those who went through it just to get to work.
She left work to pick up her two daughters from school then needed help getting back. Respiratory department supervisor Chris Chapman, on his way in from Munford, picked her up and drove as far as he could. They wound up parking and walking the final blocks.
Relief started arriving Wednesday morning, when nurse Charlie McCracken made it into work.
All but Chapman, who worked more than 48 hours straight, got relief Wednesday evening. This after top administrator Bill Mitchell drove his truck as far as Gadsden and Talladega to fetch reinforcements.
When the Noland crew’s 24-plus-hour watch ended, children were glad to see mommies, and mommies were glad to see children.
Patients, no doubt, appreciated their sacrifice.
Editor’s Note: Joe Medley’s wife, Rhonda Medley, is a nurse manager at Noland.
Noland Hospital Anniston’s "Snow Angels"
Teresa Caldwell, RN
Chris Chapman RRT (respiratory dept. supervisor)
Laura Clark, RN
Emilee Crawford, RN
Michelle Freeman, RN
Earldine Gable, RN
Drusilla Goggins, patient care tech (PCT)
Jeanette Griffey RN CWON (wound care nurse)
Marsha Heard, RN (day shift charge nurse)
Pamala Knight, secretary
Donna Marable, RN
Betty Maxwell, PCT
Charlie McCracken, RN
Becky McWilliams, RN night shift charge nurse
Rhonda Medley, RN (nurse manager)
Trina Woods, RN DCS (director of clinical services)
Bill Mitchell, administrator