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AZ nurses to help reopen cancer center in Houston

Posted September 4

— A group of nurses from around Arizona prepared on Sunday to head to the Houston area to help get one of the hospitals there back up and running.

The 34 workers from six different Banner Health medical centers around the state gathered at Banner Gateway Medical Center on Sunday afternoon to prepare for the trip.

They will be helping the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston reopen, which has been closed for out-patient treatment since Hurricane Harvey hit, said Lamont Yoder, CEO of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

"[They] really needed this help because so many of the nurses there are still trying to recover in their own lives affected with their friends, their family, their neighbors," added Yoder.

One of the nurses who is going is John Roesler, who did his first nurse residency in Houston.

"It's gratifying. It's a flood of emotions to be able to help your fellow nurses out there who have put their life on hold right now," Roesler said.

The group is scheduled to fly out of Sky Harbor on Monday morning. MD Anderson will reopen on Tuesday. It's unclear how long the group of Arizonans will be there.


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