U.S. Navy Sailors lending a helping hand in Harlingen

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HARLINGEN, Texas – The U.S. Navy Acute Care Team is helping with the COVID-19 crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. 

When Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen needed help the navy answered the call.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2) Matthew King said, “they sent out taskers to other commands that had those jobs for resources that they need, and I was tasked by my command as a respiratory therapist to facilitate.”

King arrived at Valley Baptist with open arms, “from the moment we came in it was the warmest welcome, every one going out of their way to show us where resources were, to show us where equipment was, to answer any question we had about procedures, said King.

COVID-19 wasn’t the only obstacle king was trying to overcome, he said, “there is a language barrier for some of us there’s a large Spanish speaking population majority of us don’t speak Spanish. So, we have had nurses come in and translate for us.”

People like Chief Nursing Officer for Valley Baptist Steven Hill is telling people, “wear your mask, frequent hand washing and do social distancing as best as possible. Some of his reasons on how the spike happened “increase socialization, people got back together, they enjoyed their time together and restaurants opened and I think they just got closer and we started to see it spread,” said Hill.  

Matthew King said, “be patient, be kind to people. we are all trying to make it through this time together and the best way to do it is through unity.”

They’re forty-four Sailors working in Valley Baptist Medical Center and their determined to be a helping hand. 

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