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No snow days for area hospital staff

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The winter storm shut down many schools and businesses across the Four States, but if emergency service employees miss work it could cost lives.

It's not always easy.

Brittany Borries is a CNA at Freeman Health and says she once tried to drive her Ford Taurus to work in an ice storm and went off into a ditch, resulting in 13 stitches in her mouth.

"My car wouldn't make it - last time I tried to go to work I got in a car accident," says Borries.  "It's really bad on the snow and my brakes are bad too, it goes all the way down to the floor."

So this time, when her wheels started peeling, she got out of her car and called security.

"We have a protocol at the hospital that if we have staff, especially clinical staff, that is in need of being here, if they call through our staffing office and they determine they are the ones that need to be here we go out and pick them up," says Irl Young, Security Supervisor for Freeman Health.

Freeman security says they'll go anywhere from Galena to Seneca, picking up dozens of employees who would otherwise be stuck at home.

"It's important because we have patients in the hospital and they don't have a choice to be here and the people we're bringing in, the nurses, doctors, techs, those are the people who have to care for those patients," Young says.

"I wouldn't want to drive in it so I'm just very thankful that they could come and get me to bring me to work," says Borries.  "The patients need me and it just all worked out."

Freeman says their number one priority is to keep patients and staff safe during bad weather and driving staff to work is one of the ways they accomplish that.

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