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Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic Reopens; 7 Day-a-Week Health Care Open to All Community Members While Recovery Continues

October 3, 2005

BEAUMONT, TX - With roof repairs completed and generators providing power to the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, the medical facility reopened on Saturday, September 29, 2005. While recovery and relief efforts from Hurricane Rita continue in the area, the clinic, located at 3420 Veterans Circle just off I-10, will operate seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and will provide health care to all members of the community.

While the staff at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic can evaluate and treat acute and chronic medical problems, administer immunizations, and refill prescriptions, persons with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.

“I especially would like the Beaumont community to know we offer free tetanus shots. You may already be aware that stepping on a rusty nail or a puncture wound can cause a tetanus infection, a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system and is often fatal. What you may not know is that tetanus bacteria can also enter the body even through a tiny pinprick, a scratch from an animal, splinters, bug bites, and even burns that break the skin,” said Maurilio Garcia-Maldonado, Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic executive.

This week, the two VA-staffed mobile health clinics now operating in the parking lot of the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic will deploy to other parts of southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Rita. These mobile clinics are equipped to evaluate and treat medical problems, administer immunizations, and refill prescriptions for all members of the community.  The clinics are open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the VA Network Telecare Hotline, toll-free 1-800-639-5137.