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Local Emergency Air Rescue Officials Sent on Rescue Mission for Hurricane Harvey Victims in Texas

An emergency flight nurse and a logistics manager based at HSHS St. John’s Hospital are part of an aircraft rescue team that was sent to Texas to provide medical support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Joe Rios is the flight nurse, and Bobby Groves is helping manage logistics at the staging area. They are both part of the air rescue team at St. John’s called Saints Flight that is owned and operated by Air Methods Corp., the largest publicly owned air transportation provider in the world with 300 bases in 48 states.
On Sunday, August 27, an Air Methods crew from Springfield, Litchfield and Sullivan, Missouri flew down to Texas to begin their rescue mission. The five team members from the Litchfield Air Methods base at the Litchfield Fire Department are Shannon Dugger, a flight nurse; Darren Davis and Steve Piper, paramedics; and Bob Hester and Doug Rhodes, pilots.
“We ask that you pray for the hurricane victims’ safety and also for these brave men and women on the rescue team as they embark on this rescue mission,” said Charles L. Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital.
CNN reported this morning that 2,000 people had been rescued in the “unprecedented” flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Houston officials say that the priority today is to get everyone rescued as many are still stranded in this catastrophic flooding. A record-breaking 50 inches of rain is expected in coming days.


About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  

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