Locals answer call to help NYC
Over the past several weeks, the Sentinel has published several photos from area residents depicting the variety of activities that kept them busy during the governor’s stay-at-home order. Two locals used their talents, skills and education answering to needs in a pandemic “hot spot.” Christa Haesemeyer and Loren Peterson spent time at the COVID-19 “front” in New York City, using their medical skills and experience to help keep the hospitals from being overloaded.
Peterson has been contracting his services around the world for 17 years, first as an EMT, then as a paramedic. He is also certified as a flight paramedic. As a contractor he has been deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and earlier this year to San Antonio in CV-19 support. Peterson went to New York City around the first of April and returned about five weeks later, contracted as a paramedic to take care of CV-19 patients in a makeshift field hospital.
Haesemeyer is the former Director of Nursing at Lincoln County Hospital and is now employed by Ellsworth County Medical Center. She has been a registered nurse for 17 years. She was contracted as a charge nurse supervisor to lead the nursing staff in a 40-bed unit that was part of the field hospital. She was in NYC three weeks, arriving two weeks after Peterson.
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