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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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

September 25, 2005

Clinics involved include Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Beaumont, and Lufkin.

All VA nursing staff asked to contact their supervisor or Command Center Nursing Desk at (713) 794-8398.

HOUSTON – Because of concerns regarding fuel, traffic congestion, and scattered power outages in southeast Texas, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has cancelled all outpatient clinic appointments, and compensation and pension examination appointments, in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Beaumont, and Lufkin on Monday, September 26, 2005 and Tuesday, September 27, 2005.  The Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic will possibly be closed for a longer period of time.

Veterans may begin calling the VA Network Telecare Hotline at (713) 794-8985 on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 to reschedule their appointments.

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.

All MEDVAMC nursing staff members especially those assigned to outpatient clinics, who have not already done so, are asked to immediately contact their supervisor or the Command Center Nursing Desk at (713) 794-8398.

All non-essential personnel will remain on excused absence on Monday, September 26, 2005 and Tuesday, September 27, 2005. All MEDVAMC personnel are required to report for their normal tour of duty on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.

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Awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2004 and the Robert W. Carey Organizational Excellence Award in 2005, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) serves as the primary health care provider for more than 137,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Including the satellite clinics in Lufkin and Beaumont, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged over 700,000 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2004. In 2005, the MEDVAMC opened new outpatient clinics in Galveston and Texas City. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit