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Hurricane Harvey forced hundreds of medical patients to evacuate South Texas coastal regions and Metro Health, together with partners at STRAC, Bexar County, regional healthcare systems, the Bexar County Medical Society and the Medical Reserve Corps, continues to coordinate the safe medical evacuation of Texans throughout the region.
“Without the medical volunteers assisting at the shelters, evacuees would be facing a far more dire situation,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “We are extremely grateful for their dedication and commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of our fellow Texans.”
Metro Health is now asking for additional medical personnel to volunteer. Physicians, nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners can contact the Bexar County Medical Society at 210-301-4391 for information on how to sign up, or they can register online at https://www.bexarcv.com/secure/bcms/emrprep.htm.
“Thanks to an interagency collaborative effort, our medical community will be ready to help accommodate the needs of our neighbors along the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Metro Health coordinates the medical volunteers working at the shelters to assist the medical needs of the evacuees. From managing epileptic seizures to filling prescriptions for evacuees, the medical volunteers help ensure the health and safety during this critical time.
STRAC, through the Regional Medical Operations Center, coordinates with local healthcare systems for the safe evacuation of nearly 700 hospital-to-hospital evacuees. Regional healthcare systems have responded aggressively to accept patient and provide the compassionate care they deserve.