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FIVE MONTHS AFTER A TORNADO

CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AT AVERA

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN SIOUX

FALLS, THE STAFF IS CELEBRATING.

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KELOLAND'S LAUREN SOULEK JOINS

US WITH THE STORY.

AVERA AWARDED 42 NURSES AND

OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR

THE WORK THEY DID IN SAVING

PATIENTS THAT FATEFUL SEPTEMBER

NIGHT.

I SPOKE WITH TWO STAFF MEMBERS

ABOUT THE NIGHT THEY WON'T SOON

FORGET.

"NO ONE EVER ACTUALLY EXPECTS

YOU'RE GOING TO GET HIT WITH A

TORNADO OR BE IN A TORNADO,

ESPECIALLY WHILE YOU'RE

WORKING," RACHEL HAAS, A

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TECH SAID.

"AS THE TIME WENT ON WE KINDA

HAD THOUGHT MAYBE IT HAD PASSED

BY AND GONE OVER AND MAYBE WE

WERE IN THE CLEAR, BUT THAT

WASN'T THE CASE," ASHLEY

FARRELL, A NURSE AT AVERA

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SAID.

AS ROOFS WERE BLOWN OFF AND

WINDOWS SHATTERED, THE MEDICAL

PROFESSIONALS WORKING AT AVERA

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER WERE

TASKED WITH DOING SOMETHING THEY

ORDINARILY DO, BUT THIS TIME, IN

AN EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION: TO

KEEP PEOPLE SAFE DURING A

TORNADO.

LAST NIGHT, THE 42 MEDICAL

PROFESSIONALS THAT TOOK ON THAT

TASK WERE AWARDED THE HEART OF

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AWARD.

"AND IT'S ALSO JUST A GOOD TWIST

ON EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED.

LIKE, BRINGING IT INTO A BETTER

LIGHT OF SUCH LIKE AN INTENSE

EVENING," HAAS SAIID.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TECH RACHEL

HAAS AND NURSE ASHLEY FARRELL

SAY THAT NIGHT SHOWCASED

EVERYBODY'S PERSONAL STRENGTH

FROM THE WORKERS TO EVEN THE

PATIENTS. THEY SAY IT WAS A

NIGHT OF BLESSINGS IN AN

UNFORTUNATE TIME.

"I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE GO

TO WORK AND CAN SAY THAT I TRUST

MY CO-WORKER WITH MY LIFE,

BECAUSE WE REALLY DO. I MEAN, WE

SAW IT THAT NIGHT," FARRELL

SAID.

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YOU CAN WATCH MORE OF OUR

INTERVIEWS WITH HAAS AND FARRELL

IN A DIGITAL ORIGINAL ON

KELOLAND DOT COM, INCLUDING HOW

THEY SAY PATIENTS ALSO HELPED

THEM THROUGH THAT NIGHT.

A BILL IN THE SOUTH DAKOTA

LEGISLATURE WOULD BAN COMMERCIAL

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