South Nassau emergency department employees teamed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to provide care to inpatients and storm-ravaged residents. In the hospital's Washington Avenue parking lot, MASH-like tents were set up, where the DMAT team of 42 Seattle-area doctors, nurses and paramedics treated minor illnesses and injuries and refilled prescriptions. "We saw a lot of lacerations, cuts and bruises from people cleaning out their homes damaged by the storm," said Laura Bethke, R.N. of DMAT, who also works as a flight nurse. "We also treated broken bones in people who fell down darkened stairwells."
With the exception of the hospital's outpatient dialysis center, most of South Nassau's off-site facilities were undamaged and were able to open on the Friday after the storm. The dialysis center, located in south Oceanside, was completely renovated and has been reopened for service.
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