INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - "My sisters you are about to go off for a mission, know that you are not going alone," a priest said during a special blessing ceremony outside of Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis Friday morning.
Four nurses including Amy Black, Jenna Satterthwaite, Jane Hendrix and Leslie Mayo are being sent to a sister hospital outside of Chicago to assist in treating COVID-19 patients.
"Part of our team was asked to go and help one of our sister facilities. I am just happy to go and serve," Amy Black explained after the blessing was concluded.
"We had two co-workers on a ventilator in an ICU so we feel like we need to help those people also because our co-workers were critically ill. We are so thankful to Ascension nurses cause they did such at tremendous job taking care of our co-workers and they are on the mend so we feel blessed to help," Jane Hendrix added.
So did you say yes right away or did you call your family first 13News asked? “We said yes,” they responded almost in unison. “It's part of being a nurse," Black concluded.
Some of the four will depart this weekend and the rest the following week.
"These are amazing nurses and for them to leave and help minister outside of our city is pretty amazing. We are in good position where we can free up some of our people to help where the COVID-19 threat is not in decline," Chief Nursing Office for Ascension St. Vincent Mary Myers said.
The nurses admit they couldn't do this without supportive families at home.
"Nursing is a calling and not just a career. It's in our hearts to help others. This is what we do," Amy Black stated.