Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Clinic in Texas City Reopens on Monday

September 19, 2008

TEXAS CITY, TX - The Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, located at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite 206 near the Mainland Mall, will reopen for normal business on Monday, September 22, 2008.

Veterans who received their care at the Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic should report to the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic for medical attention.

A VA mobile health clinic was deployed this past week to Texas City to evaluate and treat medical problems, administer immunizations, and assist with prescriptions. It will now be transferred to another community to help veterans affected by Hurricane Ike.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and the VA outpatient clinics in Conroe and Lufkin have resumed normal operations. The outpatient clinics in Galveston and Beaumont remain closed; however, VA health care staff, engineers, carpenters, information technology specialists, and other experts are being mobilized to provide health care for veterans in Beaumont. At this moment, a water truck, generators, a mobile clinic, a mobile pharmacy, and more equipment are either making their way to the area or already there. 

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.

Evacuated veterans with urgent care needs may contact any VA facility across the country by dialing 1-800-507-4571.  This telephone number may also be used by families and friends requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected the hurricane. Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care. 

Visit www.houston.va.gov for updates, emergency preparedness tips, useful Web sites and telephone numbers, safety suggestions for power outages, and more.  

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