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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA prepares to receive Hurricane Rita victims from East Texas and Louisiana

September 26, 2005

VA Medical Center Outpatient Clinics Closed
on September 26 & 27, 2005

Clinics involved include Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Beaumont, and Lufkin. Houston VA prepares to receive Hurricane Rita victims from East Texas and Louisiana.

HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is currently preparing to receive patients from hurricane-affected areas in southeast Texas and Louisiana. Toward this effort and because of conditions in the area, the MEDVAMC has cancelled all outpatient clinic appointments in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Beaumont, and Lufkin on Monday, September 26, 2005 and Tuesday, September 27, 2005.

Veterans who need medical advice should call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks are ready to answer veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.

In addition, the Veteran Health Care Hotline, 1-800-507-4571, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This phone number may also be used by family and friends of veterans requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected by Hurricane Rita. Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care.

All MEDVAMC employees who have not already checked in, should immediately contact their supervisors to receive further instructions.

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