UT Health Center aids victims of Hurricane Katrina

Friday, September 2, 2005

Updated disaster information after UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun’s interview:

The American Red Cross has asked The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler to accept special needs patients who are refugees from Hurricane Katrina. These are patients who are too sick to remain in shelters and need some medical care. At 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, the Health Center was told to expect at least 12 or 13 patients, though there could be more coming. (Information from Rhonda Scoby, director of Public Affairs and Marketing at UTHSCT).

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has been mobilizing its resources to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina who have sought refuge in East Texas, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

"We activated our command center Thursday and our UTHSCT team is meeting daily. Dr. David Lakey and other UTHSCT experts are part of the Emergency Operations Center in Tyler. Dr. Lakey, an infectious disease specialist, and other medical professionals from the Health Center are providing leadership at the EOC," Dr. Calhoun said.

"In addition, we are supplying whatever support the EOC and local medical professionals need," he said.

"And the Health Center is prepared. Hurricane refugees are now coming through our emergency room and receiving emergency medical care. Some have been admitted to the hospital. Others are receiving routine medical care in our Family Practice Clinic," Dr. Calhoun said.

"We are giving seven days’ worth of medications at no cost to any of the hurricane victims who need it. The UTHSCT Pharmacy also is accepting Red Cross vouchers in payment for medications," he said.

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