September 12, 2007
Clinics involved include Houston, Galveston, Texas City, and Beaumont.
HOUSTON – In response to the approach of Tropical Storm Humberto toward the Texas Gulf Coast, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has cancelled all outpatient clinic appointments and elective procedures in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, and Beaumont on Thursday, September 13, 2007. The Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin and the Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic will remain operational, however no van or bus service will be available to the MEDVAMC.
The MEDVAMC and Emergency Room will remain open. All outpatient clinics will be closed and appointments rescheduled at a later date.
All veterans who do not require acute medical attention should follow orders given by local city and county governments. 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 at the VA Network Telecare Center 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.
The MEDVAMC is currently preparing the facility and grounds for extreme weather, stocking all necessary fuel, water, food, medications, and supplies, and making arrangements for essential staff to be on hand to meet the health care needs of critically ill inpatients.