Hospital uses 'power of prayer' to get through day of plant explosion

Photo by St. Elizabeth Staff
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 6:05pm

St. Elizabeth Hospital quickly prepared themselves for the large amount of people expected to come through their ER Thursday. And besides preparing everything in the hospital, doctors and nurses used the power of prayer to mentally prepare themselves for what was ahead.

"This was really just another one of that moment where we sort of had to pull it together," said ER Doctor, Chris Trevino.

That was the moment doctor Chris Trevino was called into the St. Elizabeth Hospital ER Thursday, after word of that deadly explosion only miles away.

And what he walked into was unlike any other emergency room.

“It’s a place and time for each other to say a prayer and sort of prepare ourselves not just mentally and physically but spiritually for things that might turn out to be pretty difficult."

One picture was taken from the third floor of a prayer circle it captured what the emergency room looked like before it erupted into chaos.

So at that time along with Dr. Trevino, Nurse Jennifer Sing used help from the moment in the circle to do what she needed to do.

“It was time to come together and get our mind set and our heart set for what the community needed from us,” said St. Elizabeth nurse, Jennifer Sing.

And she says faith helped her power through a day she never expected to have.

"My job was getting them off the bus and there was such fear in their eyes and just tryst that they were here and they knew we could meet their needs," said Sing.

And the 45 victims from that explosion were looking for physical help but the whole staff hopes they walked away with much more.

"I would hope that our spirit to them was a reflection in what we saw in them as well," noted Sing.

St. Elizabeth Hospital has seen 45 patients, one person walked in Friday to be treated.

Out of the 45 patients, only one person was admitted.


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