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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Prepares to Send Mobile Clinics to Hurricane-Affected Areas

September 28, 2005

VA Outpatient Clinics in Houston, Galveston,
Texas City, and Lufkin Now Open.

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Maurilio Garcia-Maldonado, M.D., executive, Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic and Edgar L. Tucker, director, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center confer on some last minute details early Thursday morning, September 29, 2005 before two VA mobile health clinics departed for the hurricane-affected areas in Beaumont, Texas.

 

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A team of VA physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and support personnel accompanied the two mobile health clinics to the hurricane-affected areas in Beaumont, Texas.  The mobile clinics are equipped to evaluate and treat acute and chronic health problems, refill prescriptions, and administer immunizations.

 

HOUSTON – Two Department of Veterans Affairs mobile health clinics made their way from Louisiana to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston late yesterday. Today, they are being serviced, outfitted, and stocked with supplies, medical equipment, and medications. Early tomorrow morning, September 29, 2005, the mobile clinics, staffed with VA physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and support personnel, will make their way to the hurricane-affected areas in southeast Texas.

The VA mobile health clinics are equipped to evaluate and treat acute and chronic health problems, refill prescriptions, and administer immunizations.

The MEDVAMC returned to normal operations today, Wednesday, September 28, 2005. The outpatient clinics in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, and Lufkin also reopened today. Because of continued power outages in the Beaumont area, the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic remains closed until further notice.

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

All employees of the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic should report in person to the MEDVAMC Human Resources Office in Room 4A-144 to have per diem lodging, meals, and expenditures arranged.  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.

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