Galveston County health District Logo
Galveston County Health District - Providing Credible Service since 1971


1207 Oak Street La Marque, Texas 77568 - Phone - 409-938-7221

Texas flag in the wind
red diamond Homered diamond Community Health red diamond Environmental Health red diamond 4C's Clinics red diamond EMS (GAAA) red diamond
Health News
Boards of Health
Strategic Health Plan
Birth & Death Records
Health Preparedness
Food Service Inspection
1207 Oak St,
PO Box 939
La Marque, TX  77568
Public Health
Information Services
Phone: 409.938.2211

Bed Bound Patients Returned

News release 
September 28, 2005

La Marque – Residential bed bound patients evacuated in advance of Hurricane Rita have returned to Galveston.  Galveston EMS working with American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances out of San Antonio and San Diego made it possible for the 18 residents to return.

“We breathed a collective sigh of relief after they were all home safe and sound,” says Assistant Galveston EMS Chief Janet Hatch.  The patients had been housed on the Texas A&M campus in College Station since evacuating last Wednesday.  Personnel with Galveston EMS coordinated the evacuation and return of these patients and all returned home without any significant health effects.

Prior to landfall of Hurricane Rita, the State of Texas and FEMA sent over a 100 ambulances from as far away as San Antonio, Laredo, Abilene and San Diego to assist in evacuating Galveston residential bed bound patients, two skilled nursing homes, Shriners Burns Hospital and UTMB. 

This evacuation took approximately 10 hours.

 “We are extremely proud of the level and quality of service we managed to provide through Hurricane Rita,” says Assistant Chief Hatch.  “We train and plan on a regular basis to insure that we can serve the citizens when they need us and obviously it has paid off.”

As of Wednesday morning Galveston EMS has resumed normal operations

For More Information Contact:
Kurt Koopmann
Public Information Officer
Galveston County Health District
(409) 938-2211