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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Returns to Normal Operations on September 28, 2005

September 26, 2005

Reopening of VA Outpatient Clinics in Galveston,
Texas City, Lufkin, and Beaumont Pending.

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston will return to normal operations on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. This includes all outpatient clinics, as well as compensation and pension appointments, at the Houston location.

Because of continued concerns regarding fuel, traffic congestion, and scattered power outages in Galveston County, the VA outpatient clinics in Galveston and Texas City will reopen in accordance with guidelines set by local city and county officials.

Building assessments of the Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin for possible structural and water damage are continuing; however, the Lufkin clinic is closed until further notice.

Because of power, water, sanitation, and transportation outages in the Beaumont area, the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic is closed until further notice.

To reschedule cancelled appointments, veterans may begin calling the VA Network Telecare Hotline at (713) 794-8985 on Wednesday, September 28, 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.

All MEDVAMC personnel are required to report for their normal tour of duty on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. MEDVAMC employees, who have not already reported for duty or contacted their supervisor, are asked to immediately call the VA Employee Hotline at 1-866-233-0152 to check in with their status, location, and contact information. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

For the latest reopening information and updates, please call the MEDVAMC Information Hotline at (713) 791-1414, ext. 3647.

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