Ike-Damaged UTMB Emergency Room to Reopen Saturday

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The emergency room at the Hurricane Ike-devastated University of Texas Medical Branch is scheduled to reopen Saturday.

Mike Hill, associate chief operating officer, says "it's been a long time coming."

Ike hit Galveston on September 13, swamping parts of the island and forcing thousands of residents to flee. Medical services were among the affected operations.

Hill says the reopening will take some of the burden off Houston
hospitals that have been accepting UTMB patients since the emergency room was closed.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Wednesday that doctors
and nurses were training and UTMB planned two trial runs before it
reopens the emergency room.

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