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11/19/05

Kentucky Medical Workers Provide Relief To Local Family

This team from Hartford,Kentucky includes registered nurses, a chief of medical records and even a hospital administrator.

But instead of repairing broken bones, they are helping to repair wounded lives post-Hurricane Katrina.

"Everything just swam around in my house, and we lost everything...well, four feet down, so that meant all the furniture, all the appliances, everything," said Long Beach resident Beverly Lee.

But the Lee family will now have a fresh start in their home of nearly 18 years, thanks to this group of medical workers who decided to take their assistance outside of the sanitized walls of Ohio County Hospital.

"One of our first trips down, we were talking with some of the people that have been working around here. A representative of Long Beach Baptist Church, and they had been in contact with the Lee family and knew they had needed some help," said Ohio County Hospital CEO Blaine Piper.

And help is what the team has delivered by installing a new ceiling, drywall, and as you can see, a fresh coat of paint.

The hospital has sent several groups of volunteers down here since Hurricane Katrina devastated South Mississippi.

Now, the group is used to going off to leadership training and team building programs, but they believe their stay in South Mississippi has taught them more about themselves than they ever could have imagined.

"I think we have a different appreciation for each other. We've bonded a little more. We've seen a different side of each other. Of course, we all done some things while we've been down here that has created a little laughter and we tell those stories when we get back home," said volunteer Eddie Hendricks.

While they will have many stories to tell, the endings of all of them will be the same - they helped a family to start over.

"If it wouldn't have been for them, we wouldn't have been able to do it," said Lee.

The team also included administrator Blaine Piper's three young sons.

After a few days of hard work, the group plans to return to Kentucky on Sunday.

By Karla Redditte

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