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Thu April 22, 2010
StoryCorps: Memorial Hospital Nurses
This recording was made March 18, 2010. Pam Mathews and her friend, Jo Lincks, were nurses at Memorial Medical Center when Hurricane Katrina hit. Pam's husband, Roy, an accountant, decided to ride out the storm at the hospital. They worked in the neonatal intensive care unit, and made sure the babies under their care got out safe - about an hour before all generator power failed. Jo starts off the conversation about what happened next.
The three eventually evacuated by boat from the hospital and made their way to an evacuation station set up at the LaPlace government center. Roy's cousin lived in LaPlace and gave them shelter, fresh clothes and his car so they could get to Baton Rouge.
ALSO: In this extended interview, Pam Mathews, her husband Roy, and Jo Lincks recount their experince in Memorial Medical Center when Katrina hit.
StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years. Listen again at wwno.org or at nola.com.