Bed Bound Patients Returned
September 28, 2005
– 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:
Public Information Officer
Galveston County Health District