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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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SLVHCS offers support to Texas neighbor to ensure prompt return of services to Veterans

September 22, 2008

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 19, 2008) – Employees of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS), formerly the New Orleans VA, can empathize with the struggles of returning care to Veterans following a major hurricane.  That’s why when the Houston VAMC asked for assistance with staff and supplies to ensure the prompt return of services at their Beaumont, Texas Clinic, New Orleans did not hesitate in responding.   

Beaumont, Texas recently re-opened to citizens following Hurricane Ike.  VA’s Beaumont Clinic, which is a part of the Houston VA System, was only minimally damaged, but has no water or electricity, and staff are struggling to return to the area given the significant housing damage they incurred.  Approximately 35 staff from the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System deployed as a self-contained unit this morning to Beaumont, Texas.  A full spectrum of staff and supplies, including medical, plumbing, and electrical supplies, mobile pharmacy, mobile computer command center, and mobile living centers drove as a convoy and are expected to begin providing services to Veterans this afternoon. “The Houston VA and Texas have provided tremendous support to our health care system during very difficult times”, Julie Catellier, Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System stated.  “Our staff immediately volunteered and is honored to be able to help our colleagues in their time of need”.   Staff are ready, willing, and able to provide primary and mental health care to Veterans and assist staff with restoring the clinic to full service.

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