JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the staff and management at Singing River Health System are remembering those trying times.
While both Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital were relatively unscathed, the communities they serve were not. Homes on the Ocean Springs beaches were washed away, and all of Pascagoula south of Highway 90 was flooded.
Hundreds of people came to both hospitals seeking treatment for injuries or just looking for any kind of help they could get. No one was turned away.
While at least half of the staff at Singing River Hospital lost everything they owned, they still showed up to work, pulling double shifts and treating those in need.
Today, the management of the health system says the staffers were true heroes. They also say they learned a lot of lessons from Katrina, and the health system is now better prepared to handle a similar disaster in the future.
Doug Walker is working on the story, and will have more later today on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.