HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE, LAB SPACE AND ADMISSIONS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA SURVIVORS

September 12, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has diligently worked to help all evacuees from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The institution has provided medical assistance since Saturday, Sept. 3, by opening and staffing a medical clinic at one of the major shelters for the evacuees in Fort Worth.

According to Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, assistance will continue as long as it is needed.

On Saturday, at the request of the City of Fort Worth Health Department and Tarrant County, the health science centerâ??s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine instituted emergency medical operations in support of displaced evacuees from New Orleans, La.

Will Rogers Memorial Center at Fort Worth was activated as a staging area for intake. TCOM continues to be in charge of medical operations for triage at that site, as well as medical care directed by our faculty, residents, students and staff provided at our clinics on campus.

Physician and physician assistant faculty, support staff, medical students, residents, university facilities and police personnel have given generously of their time to assist in coordination of the medical relief operation, Dr. Hahn said.

Not only have doctors, faculty, staff and students volunteered their time and talents to treat patients, they have also donated blood, food, clothing, personal items and money to local and national organizations, as well as local shelters. Many people have even opened their homes to evacuees.

In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has opened admissions for 15 masterâ??s-level students and five doctoral students. The School of Public Health has opened admissions for 20 masterâ??s students. At least five students have joined the health science center so far.

The health science center has also provided lab space for former students who were working at institutions affected by the hurricane.

â??This is truly a difficult time for the people who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina,â? said Ronald R. Blanck, DO, president of the health science center. â??We would just like to help out all of those we can in any way that we can. Itâ??s very rewarding to see how what we teach and do on a daily basis can really make a difference in someoneâ??s life during this time of great need.â?

The health science center has established a Web site, which is updated daily, about its efforts to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The Web site is located at www.hsc.unt.edu/katrina/ .

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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