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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Outpatient Clinics Open on December 24, 2007

December 17, 2007

Patient care services including scheduled clinic appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, and the Emergency Room will continue without interruption.

HOUSTON – By Executive Order of President George W. Bush, all executive departments, independent organizations, and other agencies of the Federal government will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2007.

While many Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) administrative offices will be closed, patient care services including scheduled clinic appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, and the Emergency Room will continue without interruption on Monday, December 24, 2007 to ensure veterans have timely access to health care.

This decision was made because more than 1,000 patients are scheduled that day for outpatient visits at the MEDVAMC and the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lufkin, and Texas City.

Veterans are strongly encouraged to keep their appointments.

Veterans with questions or health care concerns are advised to call the VA Network Telecare Center 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.

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